From Asbarez Archives, May 11, 1992
For the last several months the peaceful population of Stepanakert and all other population centers of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic have been the targets of fierce bombardment by weapons of mass destruction, “Grad” missile systems.
In the first days of May of this year, the situation deteriorated all the more when units of Azerbaijan’s armed forces undertook a large-scale assault against the capital, Stepanakert, from Shoushi and the villages of Ghaybalu, Janhasan, and Keosalar. Given those conditions, on the night of May 7 the Presidium of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic’s Parliament demanded the immediate conveying of a session of the republic’s Defense Council and undertook resolute means to confront the attacks and to silence the firing positions of the Azerbaijani armed formations continuously raining destruction upon Stepanakert.
The demand was based on vital necessity. The population of Stepanakert, for more than a year, has been deprived of electricity, water, medicine, and foodstuffs, as a result of which it had reached the edge of physical destruction.
During all of the night of May 8, pushing back the assault of the Azerbaijani armed formations, the self-defense forces of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic went of the Azerbaijani Republic against the sovereign Nagorno-Karabakh Republic continues.
On May 10, Azerbaijan’s Army once again initiated a large-scale attack on the regions of Askeran, Hadrut, Martakert, Martuni, and Shahumian, as a consequence of which there are large numbers of casualties on both sides.
The presidium of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Parliament announces that the full responsibility for the consequences of the Azerbajiani Republic’s aggression falls upon the leadership of the republic.
May 11, 1992 Stepanakert