Nagorno-Karabakh: President of separatist region said that Azerbaijan forces closing in on key town of Shusha
The leader of Armenian separatists in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region said Thursday that Azerbaijani forces had advanced to within a few kilometres of the key town of Shusha.
“The enemy is several kilometres from Shushi, five kilometres (three miles) at most,” separatist president Arayik Harutyunyan said in a video on Facebook.
“The enemy’s main goal is to capture Shushi… whoever controls Shushi controls Artsakh,” he said, using the Armenian names for the town and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Standing in front of Shusha’s famed Ghazanchetsots (Holy Saviour) Cathedral, he called on Armenians to come to the defence of the strategically important town, the second-largest in Karabakh after the main city Stepanakert.