The territories lost by Nagorno-Karabakh. The map drafted by the "Caucasian Knot"

21 November 2020, 11:12

After autumn war, Nagorno-Karabakh loses two-thirds of its territory

During the fighting, Azerbaijani troops have occupied about a third of the territory of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic; and more than a third is transferred under Baku's control under the signed peace agreement, Grant Mikaelyan, a political analyst, has counted.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that, part of the territories controlled by the authorities of Nagorno-Karabakh came under Azerbaijan's control. On November 19, residents of the villages of the Martakert District were evacuated. Residents of the Karabakh's Karvachar District are leaving for Armenia en masse.

The "Caucasian Knot" has drafted a map to show the territories that will pass over to Azerbaijan after the autumn war. Also, the "Caucasian Knot" has published a deployment map of the Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno-Karabakh.

According to the calculations of Grant Mikaelyan, an employee of the Caucasus Institute, during the autumn battles, Azerbaijani troops occupied approximately 32.5% of the territory, which as of September 26, was under the control of the Karabakh authorities. Even more, 39.85% of the territory is transferred to Azerbaijan without any fighting, under the agreement.

"Thus, Armenians have lost 72.3% of the territory of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), controlled by September 26, 2020; and 27.7% of the territory remains under the Armenian-Russian control," Mr Mikaelyan has concluded.

Doctor of Geographical Sciences Alexei Gunya has noted that the "quality" of the territories lost by the unrecognized republic is not the same. "More than half of them are not as important as, say, the Shushi region," Mr Gunya has concluded.

Due to the deployment of Russian peacemakers, "for Baku this is not so much a victory as a deal with the devil," writes the Politico. "Nagorno-Karabakh will now look more like the separatist republics of Georgia – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – before 2008," the newspaper notes.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on November 20, 2020 at 08:04 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Oleg Krasnov; Source: CK correspondent

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