As Azerbaijan regains control of land it lost to Armenian forces a quarter-century ago, civilians who fled the fighting decades ago wonder if they can go back home now -- and if there's still a home to go back to.
Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994.
Father Ovanes, the superior of the monastery, said he would not leave, regardless of whether there were Russian peacekeepers stationed there to protect him.
The president of Azerbaijan is promising that Christian churches will be protected when the strongly Muslim country takes possession of areas formerly controlled by Armenians.
The settlement -- called Karvachar in Armenian -- is legally part of Azerbaijan, but it has been under the control of ethnic Armenians since the 1994 end of a war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
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Shushi's position just 10 kilometres from the regional capital of Stepanakert gives strategic advantage to whoever holds it. The city also lies along the main road connecting Stepanakert with Armenia.
Shushi is of significant military value because it sits on heights about 10 kilometres(6 miles)south of the region's capital of Stepanakert and lies along the main road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia.
Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a war there ended in 1994.
The request came as Azerbaijani troops pushed deeper into Nagorno-Karabakh and both sides accused each of breaking a mutual pledge not to target residential areas hours after it was made.
The cease-fire was agreed upon Sunday after talks facilitated by the United States and came after two failed attempts by Russia to broker a lasting truce in the flare-up of a decades-old conflict.
The conflict has led to a war of words on Canadian soil between the two communities.
As early as 8 a.m. GMT, officials from both former Soviet states said they were adhering to the ceasefire agreement when they were subjected to open artillery fire and enemy shelling.
The truce that took effect Monday morning was agreed upon on Sunday after talks facilitated by the United States.
The ceasefire is due to take effect at 8 a.m. local time(12 a.m. EDT)on Oct. 26, the U.S. State Department and the governments of Azerbaijan and Armenia said in a joint statement.
The two states have been embattled over the territory for decades, culminating in a recent escalation on Sept. 27 resulting in the deaths of 16 military members and civilians.
The conflict escalated again on Sept. 27, when Nagorno-Karabakh officials said 16 military members and several civilians had been killed in heavy clashes not seen in several years.
Rocket and artillery barrage hit residential areas Saturday hours after the United States hosted top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan for talks on settling their decades-long conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Fighting raged Friday over Nagorno-Karabakh as diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan traveled to Washington for negotiations on settling the decades-long conflict.
The recent fighting involved heavy artillery, rockets and drones and has continued despite repeated international calls for ending hostilities.
The latest truce, which was announced Saturday and took force at midnight, was the second attempt to establish a cease-fire since heavy fighting there broke out on Sept. 27.
Baku said 13 civilians were killed and more than 40 wounded in the city of Ganja by an Armenian missile attack, while Yerevan accused Azerbaijan of continued shelling.
The ceasefire brokered by Russia last Saturday was intended to let the sides swap detainees and bodies of those killed, but it has had little impact on the fighting.
Azerbaijan on Sunday accused Armenia of attacking large cities overnight in violation of the cease-fire deal brokered by Russia that seeks to end the worst outbreak of hostilities in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Stepanakert has been under intense attacks in recent days. Local residents have been gathering in shelters to escape the violence.