Two years have passed since the liberation of the Azerbaijan's Kalbajar region from the occupation of Armenia, AzVision.az reports on Nov.25.
On September 27, 2020, the Azerbaijani army, which prevented the provocation of the Armenian armed forces on the front, counter-attacked and liberated several districts, hundreds of villages, and settlements, strategic heights from the enemy. The 44-day Patriotic War ended with the victory of the Azerbaijani army, and Azerbaijan's tricolor flag was hoisted in the liberated cities, villages, and settlements.
The occupying Armenian armed forces could not withstand the irreversible attack of the Azerbaijani army and retreated with heavy losses. At the same time, thousands of enemy troops and military equipment were destroyed. Realizing the futility of resisting the Azerbaijani army, Armenia's military-political leadership was forced to sign a capitulation document. Thus, the 27-year-old occupation of the Kalbajar District was ended, and the district was liberated from the invaders. On the same day, units of the Azerbaijani army entered the district, and the national flag was raised there.
According to a statement dated November 10, 2020, Kalbajar was to be returned to Azerbaijan on November 15, 2020. However, the Armenian side requested an additional 10 days for the withdrawal of the army from the region. Azerbaijan, once again demonstrating its humanism, taking into account the request of Russian President Vladimir Putin, extended the deadline until November 25, 2020.
In August 2021, President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva visited the Kalbajar district. The head of state raised the flag of Azerbaijan in the city of Kalbajar. The president and the first lady participated in groundbreaking ceremonies and a number of events in the region.
The head of state also visited Kalbajar on June 26 this year and got acquainted with the work carried out there. Currently, restoration and reconstruction works are being carried out in Kalbajar, new infrastructure is being built, and the district is being revived. Now, more than 77,000 people of Kalbajar are impatiently waiting for the day to return to their homeland.
The Armenian armed forces occupied the Kalbajar region on April 2, 1993, as a result of which 53,340 people fled their homes, 55 servicemen and 511 civilians were killed, 321 were taken prisoner, and thousands were injured.