Reuters, citing the Russian Ministry of Defense, reported that Russian soldiers of the so-called peacekeeping forces in Nagorno-Karabakh died on Wednesday after their car was shot at.
According to Reuters, the peacekeepers were returning from an observation post near the village of Janiatag when they came under fire. It was not reported how many soldiers died.
Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
Military operations have been ongoing in Nagorno-Karabakh – an Armenian enclave de jure belonging to Azerbaijan – since Tuesday. The Azerbaijani government announced the launch of an “anti-terrorist operation” on Tuesday. Azerbaijan i Armenia they have been fighting a conflict over this region of varying intensity for decades; tensions have increased again in recent months.
The aim of the Azerbaijani troops is to expel the Armenian armed forces from this territory, restore constitutional order and the ceasefire arrangements that ended the 2020 war, and suppress “large-scale provocations,” the Ministry of Defense in Baku said. The launch of the offensive was justified by hostile actions of Armenian troops, which allegedly resulted in the death of Azerbaijani soldiers and civilians.
On Wednesday, the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities announced that as a result of the actions of Azerbaijani forces, 32 people were killed, including seven civilians, and over 200 people were injured. Former Prime Minister of Nagorno-Karabakh Ruben Vardanian estimated the death toll at almost 100.
Evacuation carried out by the so-called Russian peacekeeping forces
Also on Wednesday The Azerbaijani authorities confirmed the reports of the Nagorno-Karabakh administration that from 11. a ceasefire is in force. The truce was to be reached with the support of the so-called contingent of peacekeeping forces from Russia. Baku announced that Azerbaijani-Karabakh peace talks are scheduled for Thursday and will be held in the city of Yevlakh in Azerbaijan.
Also on Wednesday, Russian government media, quoted by Reuters, reported that the evacuation operation carried out by the so-called peacekeeping forces from Russia have already included over 2,000. civilians from Nagorno-Karabakh.
Moscow is the guarantor of the ceasefire after the last Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020, which ended with Azerbaijan regaining control over a large part of the disputed territory. Since then, a Russian contingent of the so-called peacekeepers.
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