Conflict in Ukraine, Russian Oil Shortfall Spark Azerbaijan’s Newest Assault Towards World’s First Official Christian Nation

The conflict in Ukraine is having far-reaching penalties. Russia’s dwindling affect is resulting in flare-ups of violence in former Soviet nations, together with the world’s first official Christian nation Armenia.

Simply after midnight on Sept. 13, Azerbaijan launched a large-scale assault on its neighbor, Armenia. It is the most recent battle in a long-running battle between Muslim majority Azerbaijan, and Armenia, a rustic that claims to be the world’s first Christian nation. However the assaults on Sunday have extra to do with cash than with faith.

It was the worst assault since 2020, when Azeri forces pushed into the Armenian exclave of Artsakh, taking lands that had been populated by Armenians for the reason that time of Noah. CBN Information was there two years in the past to witness how the Azeri army places little inventory within the worth of civilian lives when it assaults.

“So that you see this automotive proper right here was hit by cluster munitions. All of those little holes are from the 1000’s of projectiles thrown out by this stuff. They’re positively not meant for civilian areas. They’re meant for troops within the open,” mentioned CBN Information Contributing Correspondent Chuck Holton.  

The newest assault appears to be like to be no completely different.

Maria Titizian, the editor of the EVN Report, headquartered in Yerevan, mentioned. “The Armenian facet has 49 troopers killed in motion. We now have a number of civilians wounded. The assaults weren’t solely towards Armenian army positions however there have been there have been assaults towards Armenian civilian cities and villages. A number of properties have been broken, together with municipal buildings. So there was an assault towards army and civilian infrastructure.”

The present battle is completely different, nevertheless, as a result of the Azeris aren’t attacking a distant exclave, however Armenia correct. And the aims have every part to do with the present conflict in Ukraine.

“So proper now what’s going down is extraordinarily regarding as a result of this isn’t, they are not attacking Nagorno Karabach. They’re attacking the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia escalating this case, this theater of hostilities to an all-time excessive. And it is a very harmful scenario in the meanwhile,” Titizian famous. 

Jacob Pursley, a missionary to Armenia, informed CBN Information it is all about oil. 

“And the explanation they need that’s that’s the connector between Azerbaijan and the autonomous nation of Nakhichevan to Turkey, and that can enable them to have a pipeline of oil,” he mentioned. 

Certainly, western leaders have been assembly with Azerbaijan’s president not too long ago to debate methods to get extra of the nation’s oil to make up for the shortfalls from Russia this winter, and which will have emboldened the Azeris to make this transfer now.

“I believe that is about cash,” Pursley mentioned. “I believe that is about taking these lands proper now as a result of that is the place nearly all of the assaults are occurring.”

The U.S. authorities has to this point kept away from condemning the assaults, as a substitute calling on each events to return to the negotiating desk.

“We have seen the outbreak of hostilities once more, one thing that’s in nobody’s curiosity,” mentioned U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. “It is not within the curiosity of the individuals of Azerbaijan. It is not within the curiosity of the individuals of Armenia, and it isn’t within the curiosity of the bigger area.”

Armenia depends on Russian peacekeepers to uphold a ceasefire brokered in 2020, however with the distraction of the conflict in Ukraine, Russia could also be unable to maintain a lid on the hostilities. That runs the danger of pulling Iran into the battle, which moved troops to the border on Monday, saying it will not stand for any change in Armenia’s territorial borders.

Azerbaijan is determined to discover a path for its oil to the west, however the many Christians in Armenia see a deeper difficulty with the present battle.

“I imagine it is a religious assault. It is a religious battle that has been stirred up towards them,” Pursley identified. “So pray for the energy and the religion and that the gospel will proceed to go forth right here in Armenia and that it’ll go forth in these international locations which can be attacking. As a result of that’s the solely manner we’ll have peace is in Jesus Christ.”

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Conflict in Ukraine, Russian Oil Shortfall Spark Azerbaijan's Newest Assault Towards World's First Official Christian Nation

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