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How the war in Ukraine helped stoke an Armenian tragedy

By Ishaan Tharoor

28 Sep 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Roughly half of the ethnic Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave within Azerbaijan, have fled their homes to nearby Armenia following a surprise offensive by Azerbaijani forces. Around 47,000 people have already crossed into Armenia, with many more expected to follow.

The exodus continues. In a matter of days, roughly half of the ethnic Armenian population of the highland enclave Nagorno-Karabakh have now fled their homes to nearby Armenia. They lived for decades in isolation and de facto independence within the territory of Azerbaijan, but a surprise offensive last week by Azerbaijani forces swiftly overwhelmed the mismatched defenders of the unrecognized republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, known to Armenians as Artsakh, and triggered a new wave of displacement in a part of the world that has witnessed generations of ethnic strife and forced population transfers.

Journalists on the ground along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border reported Wednesday that some 47,000 people of Nagorno-Karabakh's more than 100,000-strong population had already crossed into Armenia. They were crammed into trucks and cars, their possessions piled high. Many more are expected to follow them; few may return.

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