Liberation of Shushi

Shushi is a strategically critical city in Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh), with a long, vital history as an Armenian religious and cultural centre. When the army of Azerbaijan invaded Karabagh in 1988, Azeri armed units occupied the city of Shushi, using its strategic location to bombard nearby Armenian villages. But on May 8, 1992, the outnumbered Armenian defence forces of Karabagh launched a counteroffensive. They seized control of the Shushi, expelled the Azeri military—and liberated Shushi itself on May 9