In the backdrop of the lightning military campaign by Azerbaijan against the remaining Armenian militias of Karabakh, reports of potential massacres have surfaced. Despite stating peaceful reintegration of Karabakh Armenians could ensue under Azerbaijani authority, Baku’s state-sanctioned policies and actions by their military show the complete opposite.

For several years, numerous beheadings, executions, and sexual assaults against Armenian POWs and civilians have been documented, with Azerbaijani leadership sponsoring such actions. The world is in its darkest hour, which has been repeated throughout history—where widespread massacres and cases of genocide have been identified, yet the international community fails to act.

Deteriorating Situation in Karabakh

Before 2023, Azerbaijan regained control over most of the Karabakh region in a war that redefined conventional drone warfare. After forcing Armenia to capitulate, Azerbaijan and Russia created a Trilateral Agreement to reintegrate the entire conflicted region.

Nevertheless, ”reintegration” has become anything but peaceful. Numerous ceasefire violations have been documented, including Azerbaijan’s condemned 2022 military campaign against Armenia Proper, and the Karabakh Armenians were put under a ten-month blockade since last December.

Numerous governmental bodies, from the European Union, United States, and United Nations, along with international NGOs, called for the blockade to be lifted in fear of extreme malnutrition for the Armenian population. The siege mirrored the Great Famine of Mount Lebanon, also exacerbated by a ruling autocracy that attempted to put the people of Mt Lebanon under submission by forcibly blockading their food supplies while blaming external factors.

Armenian refugees from Karabakh via Philenews

Trading one Autocrat for Another

Vladimir Putin, who has ruled Russia with an iron fist filled with assassinations and perpetual military conflicts, made a miscalculated decision to invade Ukraine outright in 2022. The Russian invasion is the most condemned war since WWII, leading to Russia becoming Earth’s most sanctioned nation.

Moscow’s soft power is its lucrative gas connections to the European market, which has swelled its defense allocations for military conflicts in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria, and Ukraine. Wanting to stray from Russian gas, which has lobbied Europe in projects like Nordstream, the European Union made an energy deal with Azerbaijan.