The historic Ghazanchetsots cathedral within the Nagorno-Karabakh city of Shusha was shelled, on Thursday, by Azerbaijani forces within the ongoing battle over the disputed area, an Armenian navy spokesperson has claimed. “[Our] enemy Azerbaijan has hit the symbol of Shusha,” Armenia’s protection ministry spokesperson Artsrun Hovhannisyan wrote on social media. He posted a photograph exhibiting a cloud of smoke coming from the Apostolic church’s tower.Photos from inside the Holy Savior Cathedral present a big gap within the construction’s ceiling, in addition to particles and rubble scattered on the ground.Ghazanchetsots, a cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church, was consecrated in 1888. Standing 35-meters excessive (115ft), it’s thought of one of many largest, and most iconic, Armenian church buildings on the planet.Azerbaijan promptly denied hitting the cathedral. A protection ministry spokesperson was quoted as saying that “the information about the damage to the church in Shusha has nothing to do with the activities of the Azerbaijani Army.”The Azerbaijani forces “don’t goal historic, cultural and particularly non secular buildings and monuments,” the spokesperson stated.Shusha has been shelled a number of occasions because the preventing in Nagorno-Karabakh – an Armenian-populated enclave inside what’s internationally recognised as Azerbaijan – resumed on September 27. One of the shells destroyed its ‘Culture Center’ constructing on Sunday, inflicting civilian casualties on the bottom. Also on rt.com Azerbaijan & Armenia at battle: What it’s worthwhile to learn about bloody battle over long-disputed area of Nagorno-Karabakh (MAP) Think your folks would have an interest? Share this story!