“As well as artillery there were drones from Azerbaijan. Nothing felt safe even underground. The bullets were scary but the drones and artillery were the scariest. Several times big shells and bombs exploded near to us, and several Armenian soldiers were killed or blown to pieces.

Tanks, armored vehicles and the sort were not safe. I saw two tanks just seem to blow up out of nowhere by bombs from the sky. Truthfully, I never saw one enemy soldier, but still, many Armenians around me were killed all the same.

Seeing the insides of a person is upsetting to the stomach and soul. If they are still alive with their lungs or some other part outside of the body it is worse. Lungs are the worst. You can see them expand and shrink.

It has been a year now and I still sometimes some places look to the sky with terror because how do I know what’s up there beyond my sight? It is nothing I’d like to do again! I am lucky to be alive and still in my skin!”

– Anonymous Armenian Soldier. Nagorno-Karabakh War. 2020.


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