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Trench warfare, drones and cowering civilians: on the ground in Nagorno-Karabakh

The battle over Nagorno-Karabakh has been waged on and off for a century, escalating when the Soviet Union disintegrated until a 1994 ceasefire. Hostilities have flared anew and civilians once again suffer the consequences

Over the road from the 8-metre-deep crater left by a medium-range missile, Sergei Hovhnnesyan and three of his neighbours are hunkering down in the basement storage space of their local grocery shop in Stepanakert, a mountain town in the heart of the Nagorno-Karabakh territory claimed by both Armenia and Azerbaijan.

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