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Latest news on Nagorno-Karabakh, a region in the South Caucasus, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but predominantly populated by ethnic Armenians. The area is historically contested, leading to ongoing conflict and peace efforts, notably mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group, which seeks to resolve the region's disputed status. Nagorno-Karabakh covers about 4,400 square kilometers and is characterized by its mountainous terrain.

In 2020, a war broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas, resulting in significant territorial gains for Azerbaijan and a trilateral ceasefire agreement involving Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia. This agreement necessitated the return of adjacent territories previously occupied by Armenia to Azerbaijan.

In September 2023, Azerbaijan initiated a substantial military offensive against the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), leading to Azerbaijani territorial gains and the disbandment of the Artsakh Defence Army. The offensive on September 19–20, 2023, culminated in a ceasefire, brokered by Russian peacekeeping forces. Despite the ceasefire, incidents of ceasefire breaches by Azerbaijan and continued bombardment of strategic locations, including Stepanakert, were reported. Over 100,000 ethnic Armenians fled Nagorno-Karabakh by early October 2023 due to the conflict, with human rights organizations expressing concerns over potential ethnic cleansing and genocide against the Armenian population.

These developments mark a significant shift in the control and political dynamics of Nagorno-Karabakh, with the anticipated dissolution of the Republic of Artsakh by January 2024 and a dire humanitarian crisis facing the Armenian community.

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