Villagers living in Nagorno-Karabakh burned down their houses before fleeing to Armenia this weekend to prevent Azerbaijan, which will soon control the territory, from using them.
After nearly six weeks of fighting that began in late September, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to a peace deal that would see Azerbaijan restore its sovereignty over the territory. Nagorno-Karabakh is legally part of Azerbaijan as a relic of Stalin-era Soviet laws, though its population is majority ethnic Armenian. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenian separatists established control of the territory there, removing the ethnic Azeris who moved in when Joseph Stalin declared the region part of the Azeri Soviet Socialist Republic. The body that governs Nagorno-Karabakh in practice calls itself the Republic of Artsakh, though not even Armenia recognizes it as a sovereign state.
Supporters of the Artsakh government burned at least ten homes down in and around the village of Charektar