Russian peacekeepers continue landmine-clearance operations in Nagorno Karabakh

  18 January 2021    Read: 341
 Russian peacekeepers continue landmine-clearance operations in Nagorno Karabakh

Since November 23, 2020, the Russian peacekeeping forces have cleared about 551 hectares of land in the Nagorno-Karabakh region,  AzVision.az reports citing the Russian Defense Ministry.

"Engineering units of the Russian peacekeeping forces continue to clear mines in Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian peacekeepers use modern Uran-6 robotic systems and mine detection dogs to clear mines in the city of Agdara," the Ministry noted.

The Ministry also added that more than 551 hectares of land, 205.3 km of roads, 783 residential buildings, including 25 social facilities, were cleared during the landmine-clearance operations, and more than 23.7 thousand explosive devices were found and neutralized.

Note, the territories of Azerbaijan, which was occupied by Armenia nealry 30 years ago, was liberated from the occupation during the 44-day Second Nagorno-Karabakh War. The war started on September 27 when the Armenian Armed Forces launched a large-scale military attack on positions of Azerbaijani army on the front line, using large-caliber weapons, mortars and artillery and lasted until November 10. Until November 10, the Azerbaijan Army liberated some villages and cities of Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli, Zangilan, Khojavend, Khojaly, Terter, Shusha and Lachin districts. 

On November 10, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement to end six weeks of fierce fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Under the agreement, Russian peacekeepers are being deployed along the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh and the corridor between the region and Armenia.

A total of 1,960 Russian peacekeepers are to be deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh under a five-year mandate.

 


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