An Armenian soldier at the military cemetery in Stepanakert, in Nagorno-Karabakh, near the graves of fallen comrades who died this fall during clashes with Azerbaijani troops.Credit...Mauricio Lima for The New York Times
KELBAJAR, Azerbaijan — It’s the little things that stick with you.
The men extracting the engine from a junked car on the side of the road. The passing truck filled with a living room’s worth of red upholstered furniture. The ruddy faces of the Russian peacekeeping troops, leaning forward out of the hatches of their armored personnel carriers, rumbling down into a desolate, hazy valley.
Perhaps focusing on the little things is the mind’s way of functioning when faced with tragedy.
This is Kelbajar, the scene this past week of the latest wrenching turn in the generations-long conflict between Armenians and Azerbaijanis.
Anton Troianovski has been a Moscow correspondent for The New York Times since September 2019. He was previously Moscow bureau chief of The Washington Post and spent nine years with The Wall Street Journal in Berlin and New York.
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