September 24, 2021 - 15:42 AMT
Karabakh to hold nationwide minute of silence to honor war victims

A minute of silence will be held throughout Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) at 11:00 am on September 27, to honor the memory of the victims of the 44-day war unleashed by Azerbaijan in fall 2020, the presidential press service reports.

At 10:30 am of that same day, the Artsakh Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church will serve a funeral Mass in all the churches of Artsakh for the heroes who died defending the homeland.

Azerbaijan launched a large-scale war against Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) almost exactly a year ago – on September 27, 2020. At least 4000 Armenians were killed in the hostilities, tens of thousands were displaced and left homeless. On November 9, the Armenian, Russian and Azerbaijani leaders signed a statement to end the war in Karabakh after almost 45 days. Under the deal, the Armenian side returned all the regions surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh, having lost a part of Karabakh itself in hostilities.