The Armenian Church of Surb Astvatsatsin in Mekhakavan

The Church of Zoravor Surb Astvatsatsin (39°23’10.87′′, 47°2’17.60′′) was built in 2017 in Mekhakavan, Hadrut region of Artsakh. During the war started by Azerbaijan against Artsakh in 2020, as well as after its end, the church in Mekhakavan, along with other Armenian Christian monuments, was destroyed and razed to the ground.

After the occupation of Mekhakavan during the Second Artsakh War, in November 2020, Azerbaijanis published a video in which Azerbaijani soldiers desecrated the church.

In this video, the church remains intact, but its cross is missing.

In a BBC video published in 2021, it is clearly seen that the Azerbaijanis destroyed the church to the ground.

Azerbaijan, which presents itself as a tolerant and multicultural country on various international platforms, commenting on this obvious fact of vandalism, stated that first of all, it is necessary to clarify whether the coordinates are identical. Then, without denying the fact of the destruction of the Armenian church and trying to justify another act of vandalism by Azerbaijani soldiers, they noted that the church was destroyed as it was new and illegally built.

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