Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Armenians flee area as Russian peacekeepers meet Azeri soldiers in Shusha
Three casualties reported from the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic
In Nagorno-Karabakh on Friday, December 11, a military clash took place between soldiers of the Azerbaijani army and the military of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. It is reported by "Kommersant" with reference to the Ministry of Defense of the unrecognized republic.
The Armenian side claims that the Azerbaijani military attacked one of their checkpoints. Three injured from the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic reported.
On November 9, the Presidents of Russia, Azerbaijan and the Prime Minister of Armenia signed a joint statement on the complete cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani and Armenian sides stopped at their occupied positions, Russian peacekeepers were deployed in the region. All areas along the perimeter of Nagorno-Karabakh must be returned to Azerbaijan. At the same time, Armenia is guaranteed the creation of a transport corridor to Karabakh, and Azerbaijan – to the exclave of Nakhichevan..
- The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh has been going on since the late 1980s. Then the authorities of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region, inhabited mainly by Armenians, demanded to transfer it from the Azerbaijan SSR to the Armenian. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, hostilities began in the region. As a result, Baku lost control over most of the autonomy and several neighboring regions.. The independence of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is not recognized by any country in the world.
- A sharp escalation of the conflict in the region began in late September, when the Azerbaijani military launched an offensive with the aim of returning the territory. Troops occupied a number of areas along the perimeter of Nagorno-Karabakh and part of the most unrecognized republic.
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