Russian peacekeeper injured in Nagorno-Karabakh mine explosion
MOSCOW, November 23. / TASS /. An officer of the Russian peacekeeping contingent was injured in a mine explosion in Nagorno-Karabakh while searching for those killed in the armed conflict, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday.
In addition, an Azerbaijani officer was killed and four officials from the Emergency Ministry of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic were injured in a mine explosion, the ministry said.
On November 23, a joint group for the exchange of the bodies of deceased soldiers, composed of representatives of the Russian peacekeepers, the Azerbaijani armed forces, the Ministry of Emergencies of the unrecognized Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and the International Committee of the Cross -Rouge was looking for those who were killed in Tartar district, the ministry said.
“In the Madagiz community area, a mine exploded during the search. As a result of the mine explosion, an officer from the Russian peacekeeping contingent was injured. An officer of the Azerbaijani armed forces has died. Four members of the Nagorno-Karabakh Emergency Ministry received injuries of varying severity, “the Russian Defense Ministry said.
“The Russian soldier was taken to a hospital in Baku where he is receiving all necessary medical assistance. His condition is not life threatening,” the ministry said.
Joint groups created at the initiative of the command of Russian peacekeepers to search and transfer the bodies of those killed during the armed conflict have been operating consistently and effectively for more than a week now. The bodies of those killed found as a result of this work are handed over to the parties for burial, said the Ministry of Defense.
On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint declaration on a comprehensive ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh from November 10. The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would maintain the positions they had held and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed in the region.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Nagorno-Karabakh is made up of units of the 15th separate Motor Rifle Brigade (Peacekeeping) of the Central Military District.
Russian peacekeepers have set up observation posts along the line of engagement in Nagorno-Karabakh and along the Lachin corridor that connects Armenia to the enclave to monitor compliance with the agreement of cease-fire. The command of the peacekeeping mission is stationed in the Stepanakert region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The situation is monitored 24 hours a day.