September 27, 2022

Down and dirty, there is dread. The Armenians are helpless against the Azerbaijani robots that drift overhead and execute freely.

At the military memorial park, tractors have scratched away a slope. It is now fixed with two columns of new graves, alongside destined to-be-filled, newly burrowed, rectangular gaps.

The 3-week-old clash among Azerbaijan and Armenia over a contested domain in the Caucasus Mountains, where Europe meets Asia, has subsided into a merciless battle of wearing down, warriors and regular people said in interviews lately.

Azerbaijan is relinquishing sections of contenders, Armenians state, to squeeze out little regional additions in the misleading landscape of Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnic Armenian enclave that is important for Azerbaijan under worldwide law.

Regular citizens who have remained behind live in their moist and unheated storm cellars, changed over lately with stopgap kitchens, and where some rest on straightened cardboard boxes. The shelling and rocket blasts into the towns in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan have executed many regular people and several troopers and have filled the evenings with unnerving blazes and blasts.