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Russia deploys first peacekeeper troops in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone

Russia deploys first peacekeeper troops in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone

Russia has started the deployment of its peacekeeping servicemen in Nagorno-Karabach conflict zone on Wednesday. More than 400 peacekeepers have arrived in Karabakh, Russian General Staff official Sergei Rudskoy confirmed.

Nagorno-Karabach conflict zone has welcomed the first brigades of the Russian peacekeepers. Since Wednesday, they will maintain peace and stability in the so-called Lachin corridor, a key connection between Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) region.

Following the obligations of the recently signed document, Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to halt fighting over the NK region. Today, the Russian military confirmed the first boots on the ground with the peacekeepers headed for the key corridor, the main road leading from Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia.

The truce came after significant advances by Azerbaijani forces that the Armenian-backed leader of Nagorno-Karabakh said made it impossible for his side to carry on.

The signing of the peace agreement left Armenians bitter, while Azerbaijan celebrating. In the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, many activists have stormed government buildings overnight, demanding prime minister Pashinyan to invalidate the agreement.

Over the decades, the two neighbouring nations have been locked in a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, and there were concerns the hostilities could escalate and draw in Turkey, which threw its weight behind Azerbaijan, and Russia, which has a security pact with Armenia.