Russian helicopters to be involved in peacekeeping operation in Karabakh

Photo by Helikopter.ru
Photo by Helikopter.ru

The Russian Aerospace Forces’ Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters will monitor the cessation of hostilities areas in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Thursday.

"Helicopters will be involved in the peacekeeping operation to monitor the ceasefire and military operations control areas in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone," the ministry said.

According to the Defense Miknistry, helicopters will also be involved in transporting materiel and peacekeepers to hard to reach areas, TASS reported.

The helicopters were airlifted to Yerevan’s airfield aboard the An-124 Ruslan military transport aircraft.

On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would remain on the positions they hold and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region. Besides, Armenia and Azerbaijan should carry out the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of those killed. Aghdam region will be returned to Azerbaijan before November 20, Kelbajar region - before November 15, Lachin region - before December 1.

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