Azerbaijan restarted hostilities on September 27, 2020, with mounting a military invasion of an unprecedented scale across the entire border, this time using hundreds of tanks, assault drones and even modern heavy artillery targeting civilian population. This time Azerbaijan’s unprovoked aggression was supported by Turkish military and hired Syrian Jihadist mercenaries, unmasking the pre-mediated and pre-planned nature of this coordinated attack. Despite the heroic efforts of the outnumbered Artsakh defense forces, significant loss of life and land, as well as damage to the infrastructure and environment has occurred.
Numerous War Crimes were committed by Azerbaijan, including barbaric torture of POWs and captured civilians alike, using weapons prohibited by Geneva convention (cluster munitions, white phosphorus) against civilian objects (apartment buildings, art centers, churches and hospitals) and civilian infrastructure (power grids, roads and bridges), as well as causing toxic damage to the surrounding ecological environment.
Thousands of people have died and tens of thousands had to leave their homes and become refugees. More time is needed to evaluate the real scale of loss of human life and damage to the infrastructure.