An unconditional surrender ultimatum that expires tomorrow morning has been handed over by Azerbaijan to Nagorno-Karabakh authorities and Armenia as the Azeri army advances.
The Nagorno-Karabakh contact line collapsed rapidly. Information states that the Azeris invaded 15 km into Nagorno-Karabakh and are now shelling the capital Stepanakert.
Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense reports that it captured 60 Armenian positions.
Armenian forces abandoned six villages in Karabakh. These are:
– Pirliar (Khojaly)
– Khanabad (Khojaly)
– Nakhchivanly (Khojaly)
– Agbulag (Khojaly)
– Jutju (Khojavend)
– Janyatag (Agdere)
According to Azerbaijan, “up to 20 military vehicles, more than 40 artillery installations, more than 30 mortars, 2 anti-aircraft systems and more than 6 electronic warfare stations were destroyed.
It is reported that as a result of a strike by the Armed Forces of Azerbaijan, the fuel depot of the Nagorno-Karabakh army was destroyed. The military depot was located near the road Khankendi-Khojaly (Stepanakert-Ivanyan)” (The only airport in Nagorno-Karabakh is located in the village of Ivanyan).
🇦🇲🇦🇿Footage of Azerbaijani forces launching MLRS towards Nagorno-Karabakh earlier today using a Pakistan-made KRL-122 Ghazab 122mm MLRS. pic.twitter.com/RKt8ziKTYe
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The developments in Armenia are not good.
Armenian politician Andranik Tevanyan called on Armenians to go to Republic Square in downtown Yerevan to effect a change of power (overthrow Pashinyan).
Armenia’s National Security Service warned of the risk of a mass uprising in the country.
Baku has given Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) forces a deadline to disband and disarm.
The ultimatum expires tomorrow morning.
“If they do not comply, the armed forces of Azerbaijan will launch a large-scale ground offensive in Nagorno-Karabakh, to ‘completely liberate the territories of Azerbaijan,'” Azerbaijani sources said.
Azerbaijan has asked the Armenian armed groups in Nagorno-Karabakh, which it called “illegal”, to surrender, otherwise it will continue the “anti-terrorist operation until the end”, the state news agency reported, citing the presidential administration.