Stepanakert: Rescuers of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) have found more than 670 unexploded artillery shells in the capital Stepanakert, head of the Emergency Rescue Department, Mekhak Arzumanyan, said at a briefing.
“At the moment, in the city of Stepanakert, we have about 670 unexploded ordnance discovered. We can take them outside Stepanakert and dispose of,” Arzumanyan said.
The fighting on the contact line in Karabakh began on September 27. Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of unleashing hostilities, Karabakh reports artillery shelling of peaceful settlements of the unrecognized republic, including its capital, Stepanakert. Armenia has declared martial law and – for the first time – general mobilization, claiming that Ankara is actively supporting Baku. Partial mobilization was introduced in Azerbaijan.
The leaders of Russia, the United States and France called on the opposing sides to end the clashes and to commit themselves to begin negotiations without preconditions. Turkey has stated that it will provide Azerbaijan with any support it requests amid another aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
On October 9, the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia arrived in Moscow at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. They held talks jointly for over 10 hours. As a result, Yerevan and Baku agreed to cease fire in Karabakh from noon October 10, to exchange prisoners and dead bodies, and also to additionally agree on specific details of the truce. However, already on October 10 the sides began to accuse each other of ceasefire violations.
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its secession from the Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic. During armed confrontation in 1992-1994, Azerbaijan lost control of Nagorno-Karabakh and its adjacent areas. Since 1992, talks have been ongoing on peaceful settlement of the conflict with the mediation of the OSCE Minsk Group, led by Russia, the United States and France.