President of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Arayik Haroutyunyan delivered the following message:
“Today, as in 1992 when our victory campaign began with the liberation of Shushi, our victory campaign is conditioned by the defense of Shushi. The enemy is only a few kilometers away from here, maximum 5 kilometers. The ultimate goal of the enemy is to seize and take over Shushi.
As they say, "whoever controls Shushi, controls Artsakh". I would like for us to realize this moment and not only with words, but also directly participate in the defense of Shushi. The first time I visited Shushi was on May 8, 1992, and I was one of the first to enter the Ghazanchetsots Cathedral and kiss the cross. Today I also kissed the cross, lit a candle and prayed for our victory.
In reality, I believe that we Armenians will win. In reality, I believe that these days are going to be turning events.
For that, we need to unite as one. For that, we need to fight. For that, we need to punish the enemy, but for that, it is necessary to reach Artsakh as soon as possible. Of course, this is not panicking. I believe in our victory more than ever. In a matter of days, we need to turn things around on the front and punish the adversary at the gates of Shushi. Let’s unite and fight together.
Of course, we understand and realize everything, but let’s accomplish our greatest mission for the sake of the homeland, our future and our generations. Be rest assured that victory will be ours. I believe in victory.”