Stepanakert Under Siege after UN Security Council Issues Calls to De-Escalate

Stepanakert on Tuesday morning, before the UNSC meeting and overnight shelling (Photo: MFA of Artsakh/Twitter)

Artsakh’s capital of Stepanakert was an overnight target of Azeri airstrikes following the conclusion of an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Anush Ghavalyan, who represents the Office of the Security Council of the Republic of Artsakh, was tweeting that sirens were blaring throughout the early morning hours. Edgar Elbakyan, a political scientist currently based out of Stepanakert, tweeted that an Azerbaijani UAV hit the center of the city at 2:35 a.m. local time.

The airstrikes follow a closed-door UNSC emergency session, which was requested by Britain, Belgium, Estonia, France and Germany. The diplomats expressed concern over the ongoing attacks in Nagorno-Karabakh. Security Council members echoed earlier calls for a ceasefire by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and urged both sides to stop fighting, de-escalate tensions and resume negotiations immediately. “Security Council members expressed their full support for the central role of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and urge the sides to work closely with them for an urgent resumption of dialogue without preconditions,” read the statement.

Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) board member Ani Tchaghlasian expressed disappointment in the UNSC’s statement. “The international community continues to turn a blind eye to Azerbaijan’s aggression further emboldening Aliyev and now giving Erdogan a free hand to continue destabilizing the South Caucasus. The responsibility for the continued escalation of the war in Artsakh lies squarely on the shoulders of the international community – which refuses to confront Aliyev’s reckless aggression,” she stressed in her comments to the Weekly.

The fighting has notably continued to intensify as Armenian military officials reported on Tuesday that a fighter pilot was killed after his flight was shot down by a Turkish F-16.

Also on Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in favor of the Armenian government, which had filed a request on Monday to apply interim measures against Azerbaijan. Armenia’s Representative before the ECHR Yeghishe Kirakosyan tweeted the ECHR’s decision to “apply the interim measures under Rule 39, calling upon both Armenia and Azerbaijan to refrain from taking measures, which might entail breaches of the Convention rights of the civilian population.” Kirakosyan reported that Armenia had presented a significant amount of evidence that Azerbaijan has been targeting civilians and settlements since its incursion on Sunday.


  1. And what is Russia doing to support Armenia when Turkey shot down an Armenian aircraft over Armenian airspace ?

    Hopefully this conflict will make many Armenians see that Russia cannot be trusted to help us at our time of greatest need. I sincerely hope that Russia doesn’t become a dog in the manger for Armenia

  2. My dear Armenian brother, India will offer to stand up for you, should you request us, because you stood up for us, when the whole world shunned us for taking action on what is rightfully ours, KASHMIR….now that Pakistan has also sent terrorists along your border, under the aegis of Turkey, WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PROUD ARMENIAN PEOPLE, WHO’VE ALREADY BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH SUFFERING!

  3. First of all,
    We have to beat the Azeris so they understand Armenia is strong
    Second, we should capture Baku as It is our lost territory ARARTU kingdom
    and all Diaspora Armenians return to Baku to rule Azeris.

    Iran Armenians must support Artsakh ASAP.

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