Lachin, one of the beautiful corners of Azerbaijan, was occupied by the Armenian armed forces on May 18, 1992. 267 people were killed and 66 were taken hostage as a result of the occupation.
Armenian bandits pillaged and destroyed 217 cultural, 101 educational, 142 healthcare facilities, 462 commercial, 96 household, 30 communication, 2 motor vehicle and a large number of various industrial enterprises, 13,745 houses in the region. 54 historical monuments of global importance and more than 200 of national importance were vandalized by Armenian forces. 25,000 cattle and more than 200,000 livestock in public and private farms, thousands of beehives and all wealth of the local people were plundered.
Lachin is a place rich in natural resources and mysterious beauty. Lachin State Nature Reserve, which was established in 1961 to protect rare natural complexes in the region, covered 20,000 hectares of area, and Garagol State Nature Reserve, which was established in 1987, covered 240 hectares.
Historical, cultural and architectural monuments located in Lachin, including Aghoghlan temple (IX century), Damrovlu Pir Temple (XI century), Malik Ajdar tomb in Jijimli village (XII century), Kar Kunbez tomb (XVII), Hamza Soltan palace in Soltanlar village ( 1761), sacred place (XII-XIII centuries), Ushag castle (XV century) in Gushchu village, temple in Shalva village, castle in Mirik village (XV century), Garanlig cavern, Baygara caves, Soltanbaba tomb in Zeyva village, Sultanbud temple in Gulebird village, Albanian church in Minkend village, double-arch and single-arch bridges of X-XIX centuries, single-arch bridge in Seyidlar village (XIX century), Pirjahan bridge, medieval gravestones, ram and horse monuments, Iron and Bronze Age gravel-mounds, cemeteries and dozens of other temples were pillaged by Armenians. Most of historical, cultural and religious monuments in the region were destroyed. More than 74,000 residents of Lachin have been living as IDPs in 59 cities and regions of the country for 28 years.
The executive structures of the region operate in Takhtakorpu area of Agjabadi. Extensive construction and renovation work has been carried out in this area, where more than 13,000 IDPs from Lachin live, and lots of work has been performed to improve the living conditions of IDPs. Three settlements for 645 families were put into use in Takhtakorpu for internally displaced families temporarily settled in Vaghazin, Garakechdi and Sheylanli at the end of last year.
Despite all this, the biggest dream of the people of Lachin is to return to their homeland.
People of Lachin is ready to fight a battle by the order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief to liberate our lands from occupiers and ensure the territorial integrity of our country.