Shusha is heart and soul of Azerbaijani people, it is sacred place for every Azerbaijani: President

Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

© APA | Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan

# 08 November 2022 16:16 (UTC +04:00)

"In my numerous interviews during the war, I disclosed some aspects regarding the progress of war. Of course, I could not say everything," said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Victorious Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev at the event organized on the occasion of Victory Day in Shusha on November 8, APA reports.

"I couldn't reveal too many things, especially about future plans.

In response to a question, I only said once that our victory would be incomplete without Shusha. I am sure that the people of Azerbaijan understood perfectly well that our ultimate goal, the ultimate goal of the war, was to liberate Shusha from occupation. Not only because Shusha is the crown jewel of Karabakh. Not because the strategic location of Shusha actually determined the outcome of the war after its liberation. I said that because Shusha is the heart and soul of the Azerbaijani people, it is a sacred place for every Azerbaijani.

Every time I am in Shusha – I have been to Shusha more than 10 times in the last two years – every time I approach Shusha along Victory Road, I am sure that everyone can see the heroism, dedication and professionalism of our soldiers. Because the road we call “Victory Road” was built only two years ago. Our heroic children have covered this long distance through mountains, forests, valleys and paths, defeated the enemy in bloody battles and approached Shusha.

After that, they climbed steep rocks, defeated the enemy in street battles, city battles, in hand-to-hand battles armed only with light weapons, expelled them from our land, and hoisted our tricolor flag in Shusha. Only two years have passed since that historic day, and many events have happened in those two years. Over the years, the heroism of our servicemen will become increasingly obvious to everyone," noted the head of state.