Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenians hand over hundreds of rifles

NAfter the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian fighters in the breakaway region from Azerbaijan opened fire with hundreds of rifles, according to Russian sources. The Ministry of Defense in Moscow said that the transfer of weapons and military equipment under the control of Russian peacekeepers has begun. In addition to more than 800 rifles, 5,000 rounds of ammunition and six armored vehicles have also been donated so far.

Nagorno-Karabakh is predominantly populated by ethnic Armenians, who largely controlled the region for three decades after separating from Azerbaijan with the help of the Armenian government. Russia traditionally supports Armenia, while Türkiye supports neighboring Azerbaijan.

On Tuesday, Azerbaijan launched a large-scale military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh, located in the center of Azerbaijan. A day later, Armenians living in Nagorno-Karabakh agreed to a ceasefire out of necessity. Hundreds of people, including civilians, were reportedly killed and wounded during the operation.

The fight continues for the future of some 120,000 ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan stressed that it wants to integrate ethnic Armenians into its state. Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh say they fear “ethnic cleansing” and accuse the international community of inaction. Recently, the self-proclaimed government of Nagorno-Karabakh announced a very difficult situation for the population. People lack food, electricity and fuel.

Russia also reported that first aid supplies had already arrived in Nagorno-Karabakh. Russia delivered more than 50 tons of food and other essentials. The International Committee of the Red Cross said it had brought tens of thousands of diapers to the region, as well as blankets and fuel.

Source: Frantfurter Allgemeine

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