Azerbaijan says military in Karabakh second city

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After six weeks of heavy fighting, Azerbaijan said on Sunday (November 9) it had captured Shusha, which is known by Armenians as Shushi and sits on a mountain top overlooking Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh's biggest city.

The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan published a video on Monday, which they said showed their military forces in Shusha, although Reuters could not independently verify this.

Nagorno-Karabakh's leaders had on Sunday denied losing control of Shusha, which is bordered by sheer cliffs and could serve as a staging post for an Azeri assault on Stepanakert, military analysts say.

Shushi, or Shusha, is located about 15 km (9 miles) south of Stepanakert and is culturally significant to both sides.

The loss of the city is a big blow to ethnic Armenians in their battle to keep control of Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway territory which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but populated and controlled by ethnic Armenians.