May 8 marks one of the most significant victories in the history of the Armenian nation. Shushi was liberated on this day 23 years ago.
During the Karabakh liberation war of early 1990s, Shushi became one of Azerbaijan’s main military strongholds in Nagorno-Karabakh. From this strategic location, the Azeri army would bombard Karabakh’s capital Stepanakert and adjacent Armenian village.
The liberation of Shushi in May, 1992, however, served as a turning point.
About 3,800 volunteers participated in the operation of liberation of Shushi the night of May 8. The operation was led by Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan, the Commander of the self-defense forces of Artsakh.
Arkady Ter-Tadevosyan declared early on May 9 that all groupings of the rival had left Shushi.