Nagorno-Karabakh’s Armenians start to leave en masse for Armenia

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Armenians start to leave en masse for Armenia

Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh have begun a mass exodus towards Armenia after Azerbaijan’s victory in a long-standing conflict. The region’s 120,000 Armenians fear persecution and ethnic cleansing if they remain part of Azerbaijan. Those with fuel have started driving towards the border with Armenia through the Lachin corridor. As of Sunday evening, 1,050 people have crossed into Armenia. Pictures show numerous cars leaving the capital towards the mountainous curves of the corridor. The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh has been ongoing since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Armenia Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is facing calls to resign for failing to protect Karabakh. He acknowledged that a mass exodus is inevitable if proper conditions and protection mechanisms against ethnic cleansing are not provided. The situation could potentially shift the balance of power in the South Caucasus region, where various countries vie for influence. Azerbaijan’s victory marks the end of a long-standing “frozen conflict” from the Soviet era. Armenia reports over 200 deaths and 400 injuries from the Azerbaijani military operation.

Nagorno-Karabakh has a complex history, having been under the control of various empires and nations. After the fall of the Russian Empire, both Azerbaijan and Armenia claimed the region. In the First Karabakh War, the Armenians gained control and captured neighboring territory. The war resulted in thousands of casualties and displaced over a million people. In 2020, Azerbaijan won the Second Karabakh War, brokered by Russia. However, Armenians accuse Russia of failing to guarantee the peace deal.

The Armenian authorities in the region have received humanitarian aid from Russia and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Under the ceasefire agreement, Russia has deployed peacekeepers and collected weapons from both sides. Space has been prepared in Armenia to accommodate 40,000 people from Karabakh. Azerbaijan has stated that Armenians are free to leave if they wish. Prime Minister Pashinyan blames Russia for not doing enough to support Armenia and threatens to review their alliance. Russian officials, on the other hand, hold Pashinyan responsible for mishandling the crisis.

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