24 hours after the start of Azerbaijan's military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh, a ceasefire was reached. Ethnic Armenian forces agreed to Russia's ceasefire terms, including the proposal for their complete disarmament and disbandment. At least 32 people have died and another 200 have been injured in the last <> hours since Azerbaijan launched the so-called "anti-terrorist operation". Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous region internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.
After the escalation of tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh, thousands protested in the Armenian capital Yerevan. Late last night, protesters gathered in front of the government building demanding the resignation of the prime minister. Although many children were also present at the demonstrations, there were serious clashes with the police.
Putin: Russia expects to achieve peace in Nagorno-Karabakh
At the same time, France has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. This happened hours after Azerbaijan launched a so-called "anti-terrorist operation" in Nagorno-Karabakh. The area is controlled by Armenia but is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan continues to strike targets in Nagorno-Karabakh. The region is controlled by ethnic Armenians. This is despite calls from Russia and the United States to both sides to stop the spiral of war. On Tuesday, Azerbaijani authorities launched an "anti-terror operation" against Nagorno-Karabakh after tensions sharply escalated in recent months.
The formal reason for the start of hostilities on the part of Azerbaijan was two separate mine incidents. Six civilians were killed. Authorities in Baku blamed their deaths on illegal Armenian armed groups, and announced today that the anti-terrorist operation is proceeding successfully. Azerbaijan insists that the Armenian leadership in Nagorno-Karabakh lay down its arms and withdraw. "I am really shocked by Azerbaijan's aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh. I don't know how we can really resolve this situation. I think the UN, the United States and Russia are the players who could do something, but I'm really disappointed and I don't see any hope," said Khachatur Kobelyan, who lives in Yerevan.
Kremlin rejects Armenia's claims that Russia has not done enough in Nagorno-Karabakh
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said from the rostrum of the UN General Assembly that he supports Azerbaijan's decision to launch a military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey's foreign ministry called on the concerns leading up to the Azerbaijani military operation "legitimate" and called on Baku and Yerevan to return to the negotiating table.
"As everyone recognizes, Karabakh is on the territory of Azerbaijan. The imposition of any other statute than this will never be adopted. Our main goal should be for everyone, including the Armenians, to live side by side in peace on the territory of Azerbaijan. We support Azerbaijan's steps, with which we are moving under the slogan "one people, two states" to protect its territorial integrity," Erdogan said.
Pashinyan: Armenia did not participate in the preparation of the ceasefire agreement
Nagorno-Karabakh, which is internationally recognized as part of the territory of Azerbaijan, is populated mainly by ethnic Armenians and broke away from Baku's control in the early 90s after a war. Azerbaijan regained control of significant territories in the region during another military conflict in 2020. Since then, about 2000,<> Russians have watched the fragile ceasefire, but Moscow's attention has been distracted by the invasion of Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it had been warned of the Azerbaijani offensive just minutes earlier.
Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh