A Trip to Disputed Nagorno-Karabakh

David Mdzinarishvili / Reuters
A man chops firewood in the town of Shusha outside Nagorno-Karabakh's main city of Stepanakert.

“On April 2, large-scale cease-fire violations took place along the Line of Contact in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, leading to at least 33 fatalities,” the United Nations office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. Of the 33 fatalities, three are believed to be civilian.

The conflict began when the Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous region announced its independence from Azerbaijan in February 1988. In September 1991, the disputed region declared itself the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and, over the course of the enduring conflict, Azerbaijan subsequently lost control of the region.