Russian media announced that the separatist Armenians in Karabakh, where Azerbaijan launched an ‘anti-terrorism operation’ on Monday, September 19, accepted the ceasefire.
According to Reuters, reported by Russia’s Interfax news agency, Karabakh Armenians accepted the ceasefire conditions of Russian peacekeepers. According to Interfax, the ceasefire agreement will mean that separatist forces will disband and withdraw all their heavy weapons.
Russia: 2 thousand civilians were evacuated
On the other hand, the Russian Ministry of Defense also made a statement about the situation in Karabakh, where Azerbaijan announced that it had launched an ‘anti-terrorism operation’ yesterday.
According to Reuters from the Russian state agency TASS, Russia’s peacekeepers in the region evacuated more than 2 thousand civilians from Nagorno-Karabakh, where clashes took place.
Ceasefire call from the Pope
Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of Catholics, also visited St. In his speech in Peter’s Square, he called for an end to the fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh. “I once again call on all parties involved and the international community to silence the guns and make every effort to find peaceful solutions,” the Pope said.
Claim: 100 people died
On the other hand, Ruben Vardanyan, a former state minister of the separatist administration in Karabakh, claimed in his statement to Reuters that approximately 100 people were killed and hundreds were injured. “This is a big war; Azerbaijan has literally launched an operation,” said Vardanyan, adding that the operation continued last night. Vardanyan said, “Hundreds of people have already been injured and nearly a hundred people have been killed.”
“They are essentially telling us that we should leave, not stay here, or accept that this is part of Azerbaijan,” said Ruben Vardanyan, adding, “This is basically a typical ethnic cleansing operation and a war against many civilians who are currently being killed.” Claiming that the world is ignoring the fate of Karabakh, Vardanyan said, “Russia is silent; Russia is ignoring this entire military operation. But not only Russia, but also the whole world is silent.”
Azerbaijan rejects Armenia’s allegations of ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Karabakh and says it will protect the rights of Armenians in the region in accordance with its own constitution.