Shusha Today

President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on awarding servicemen of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan with the Medal for the Liberation of Shusha.

According to the order, the medal “For the Liberation of Shusha” was awarded to 4646 Azerbaijani servicemen, who demonstrated courage and bravery while participating in the military operations for the liberation of Shusha city from the Armenian occupation.

One lieutenant generals, four major generals and thirty-one colonels, one hundred fourty one colonel lieutenant were among those who have been awarded.

Note, Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery on Sept. 27. Azerbaijan responded with a counter-offensive along the entire front.

On October 20, the Azerbaijan Army started to liberate the Zangilan city and the villages of the distirct from the Armenian occupation.

On November 10, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement to end six weeks of fierce fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Under the agreement, Russian peacekeepers were deployed along the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh and the corridor between the region and Armenia.

A total of 1,960 Russian peacekeepers were deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh under a five-year mandate.

Also, according to the agreement, on 20 November, Armenia handed over the Aghdam region which lies to the east of Nagorno-Karabakh, to Azerbaijan. This followed on 25 November by the Kalbajar region to the northwest of Nagorno-Karabakh. 

Finally, on 1 December, Armenia handed over the Lachin District, over which the Lachin pass connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia passes.