Gabriel Gavin Gabriel Gavin

On the front lines of Europe’s newest war

As Azerbaijan launches a new Armenian offensive, neither Russia nor the West is prepared to intervene

The village of Sotk in contested Armenia (Gabriel Gavin/The Spectator)

Sotk, Armenia

A group of Armenian soldiers stand guard on the road towards the village. ‘It’s not safe to go ahead,’ one says, slinging his Kalashnikov across his shoulder and motioning for our van to pull over. ‘They were shelling the highway just 15 minutes ago.’ In the distance, there’s the unmistakable thunder of artillery and smoke rising from the side of the mountains.

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