On Wednesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that the Russian peacekeepers in Nagorno- Karabakh have cleared 175 hectares of land, where about 5,000 mines were found and neutralized, according to Sputnik News agency.
In an official statement, the ministry added, “The engineering units of the Russian peacekeepers in Nagorny Karabakh have cleared 175 hectares of territory, more than 49 km of roads and 375 residential buildings and social facilities, defusing about 5,000 explosives”
“The discovered explosive objects and unexploded ordnance are removed and destroyed in a specially equipped field. Ammunition that cannot be removed is destroyed immediately while providing all necessary safety measures,” the statement read.
«Уран-6» за работой: российские миротворцы проводят разминирование в Карабахе
Робототехнические комплексы позволяют поддерживать высокий темп разминирования в условиях горной местности и ухудшения погоды. За прошедшие сутки было очищено еще 9,5 километра дорог. pic.twitter.com/MLCleklYXV
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It is worth mentioning that, on Saturday, the Russian army reported a breach in the ceasefire deal, which ended the battles between Azerbaijan and Armenia in November over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Sky News Arabia website.
The Russian Defense Ministry, which deployed peacekeepers in the region, said in a statement, “A violation of the ceasefire agreement was reported on December 11 in the Hadrut region.”
On its part, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Defense condemned Armenian “provocations”, stressing that “appropriate countermeasures” will be taken.
A spokesman for the Russian peacekeeping forces confirmed “exchanges of fire with automatic weapons”, telling the Ria Novosti press agency that requests to respect the ceasefire had been sent to both parties.