Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia escalated on September 27 and continued until November 10, when the prime minister of Armenia and presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia concluded an agreement to end the hostilities.
2 galleriesLocated within Azerbaijan’s official borders but run by ethnic Armenians, the landlocked enclave was the subject of devastating wars between '91 to 2020. 44 days of heavy fighting between Azerbaijani and ethnic Armenian forces had been ongoing until both sides agreed to a Russian-brokered peace deal on Monday, Nov 9, 2020. The enclave is internationally recognised as Azerbaijani but has been run by ethnic Armenians since 1994. The peace deal sparked jubilant scenes in Azerbaijan and fury in Armenia. Under its terms, Azerbaijan will hold on to several areas that it has taken during the conflict. Armenia also agreed to withdraw from several other adjacent areas. Nagorno Karabakh is located in the Caucasus, between Europe and Asia. Historically, its population has been mostly ethnic Armenian with a substantial Azerbaijani minority. The region was incredibly important both to Armenians and to Azerbaijanis. Nagorno-Karabakh has kept its de facto autonomy, but Azerbaijan maintains its claim to it. For VX Pictures, Vudi Xhymshiti is in the region as he attempts to understand people's claim for territory immersed in a war that is costing the livelihoods of both nations across each side of the border.