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Live updates: Day 43 of war in Nagorno-Karabakh 

8 November 2020

Fighting is continuing for the 43rd day over Nagorno-Karabakh, despite three ceasefires being agreed.

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08 Nov 2020, 20:43

Armenian police fine peace activist over anti-war post

Armenian anti-war activist Georgi Vanyan has said that police have issued him with a fine for a Facebook post calling for dialogue with Azerbaijan.

Vanyan told OC Media the fine was related to the state of martial law in the country but denied that he had violated the rules, stating that he would not pay unless he received the reason for the fine in writing.

‘It makes no sense to criticise the provisions of martial law since the authorities themselves admit that it does restrict human rights. You just have to do everything possible to make it end as soon as possible, and the shortest path is direct negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which I keep calling for,’ he concluded.

08 Nov 2020, 17:38

Armenia dismisses acting National Security Service Director

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has dismissed the acting Director of the National Security Service (NSS), Mikayel Hartuytunyan. No reason was given for the dismissal.

Harutyunyan was appointed as acting director on 8 October after the dismissal of then–director Argishti Kyarmayan.

Armen Abazyan, the Deputy Director of the NSS has been appointed as the new Director by President Sarkissian.

08 Nov 2020, 17:36

Armenia to organise meetings between detained Syrian mercenaries and diplomats 

Armenia’s Prosecutor General’s Office has stated that they are ready to organise meetings between two Syrian mercenaries detained in Nagorno-Karabakh and foreign diplomatic missions accredited in Armenia. They said they would also organise meetings with international organisations ‘specialised in the fight against international terrorism’. 

The Prosecutor General’s Office also stated that they would provide additional information regarding charges brought against them.

08 Nov 2020, 13:02

Aliyev claims ‘liberation’ of Shusha

President Ilham Aliyev has claimed that Azerbaijani forces have taken control of the city of Shusha (Shushi) In an address to the nation. 

08 Nov 2020, 10:46

Fighting continues around Shusha

The Nagorno-Karabakh army has reported that fighting is continuing near the city of Shusha (Shushi) damaging several residential buildings.

Human Rights Defender of Nagorno-Karabakh, Artak Beglaryan, said that Stepanakert (Khankandi) also came under bombardment throughout the night. No deaths have been reported.

Azerbaijani’s Defence Ministry reports that fighting is taking place near Martakert (Aghdara), Aghdam (Akna), Martuni (Khojavand), and Gubadli (Kashunik). They accused the Armenian armed forces of firing at their forces from within Armenian territory. They re[prted that civilians were killed and damage sustained to civilian infrastructure. 

They also accused the Armenian armed forces of firing at villages in the Terter, Aghdam, and Aghjabedi districts.