‘I opened my eyes and only saw dust’: Nagorno-Karabakh’s largest metropolis slowly recovers from shelling (VIDEO)


Locals and Russian rescue groups are working to clear the rubble in Nagorno-Karabakh’s largest metropolis and de facto capital Stepanakert after the heavy preventing between Armenia and Azerbaijan ended ten days in the past.

Volunteers have been filling craters left by shelling and protecting shattered home windows with plastic sheets. Teams of civilian engineers and firefighters from Russia, in the meantime, have been cataloguing the residential buildings broken and destroyed by mortar shells and rockets, RT’s Murad Gazdiev reported.The shelling of Stepanakert stopped after the truce was signed between Yerevan and Baku on November 9, however life within the metropolis is but to return to regular as many have misplaced family members and their properties. “They were in this room, two cousins and my grandmother. I was in that room over there, which wasn’t destroyed,” an area man stated standing subsequent to the rubble. “I fell off my bed, opened my eyes, and I only saw dust. It took me five minutes to crawl out the window.”A lady instructed RT she thought of herself fortunate as a result of solely the home windows at her home have been blown out by a blast when different properties “suffered much worse.” Rescuers and reduction employees are actually specializing in staple items, like changing the home windows and restoring electrical energy, so individuals can get by means of the winter. The battle in Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway enclave inside Azerbaijan that’s principally populated by Armenians, broke out on September 27. After weeks of heavy preventing and a number of other failed makes an attempt at a truce, a Russian-brokered ceasefire took impact on November 10. Under the accord, Armenia agreed to give up a large chunk of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas to Azerbaijan, whereas a Russian peacekeeping pressure was deployed on the bottom.

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