They call this section of the Artsakh-Azerbaijani border “the whore’s fishnet stockings”. It was the site of fierce battles during the war and both sides suffered heavy losses.
Armen relates that he and two others infiltrated an enemy position as pay back for last month’s raid on the village of Chinar. They were instructed to indirectly inflict damage within the enemy’s ranks.
Today, we no longer have the “sea to sea Armenia”, but in 1994 the Armenian Army cut across the plains of Shirak and Ararat all the way to the Horadiz flatlands; some 40,000 square kilometres of territory stretching from one border of Armenia to the other.
The main artery in Artsakh is the North-South Highway. Down in the south of the country, its terminus is an intersection known as the “9 kilometer”. A yellow traffic sign that reads the “Araks River Valley” points to a road leading off to the right. The other two roads at the intersection head of to the left and the other, straight ahead.
The military unit defending the northern stretches of the NKR is surrounded by thickly forested hills. Here, the frontline positions of the Armenian and Azerbaijani forces are quite a distance away. The average foot soldier at the front doesn’t present an easy target for opposing snipers.
Two “Vilis” vehicles of the Artsakh Defense Forces cut through a dusty field and stopped near the front line in the village of Levonarkh in the Martakert district. This was the same outpost that the Azeris overran and held for eight hours some sixteen months ago.