Russia enters Nagorno-Karabakh to diffuse crisis

By Monitoring Desk
Friday – November 13, 2020
MOSCOW (Russia): Russian airforce delivered four more Il-76 aircraft, military transport continue to transfer units, Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters flew to base airfields, Thursday, to control the ceasefire and military operations; a Russian peacekeeping contingent — central military district’s (CMD) 15th separate motorised rifle brigade comprising 1,960 servicemen, 90 armoured personnel carriers, 380 units of automobile and special equipment — is being deployed in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

According to press releases, four Il-76 military transport aircraft, which took off Thursday morning from the Ulyanovsk-Vostochny airfield to Armenia in order to transfer the units, landed at the airfields in the city of Yerevan.

An-124 Ruslan military transport aircraft delivered 8 Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters, which were prepared by the engineering and technical staff for operation.

The helicopters will be involved in the peacekeeping operation to carry out air monitoring of ceasefire and military operations control areas in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, as well as to deliver material and technical equipment and personnel of the peacekeeping contingent to adverse terrain.

The helicopter pilots performed training flights and departed to base airfields to perform tasks in the interests of the peacekeeping contingent.

On Tuesday, in accordance with the agreement of Azerbaijani president, Armenian prime minister (PM) and the Russian president, a ceasefire was established in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone.

A Russian peacekeeping contingent is being brought into the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and the Lachin corridor to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire and military operations.

To control the peacekeeping operation in the region, the command of the Russian peacekeeping forces is being deployed in the city of Stepanakert.

The peacekeeping contingent is equipped with modern weapons, military and special equipment, including armoured personnel carriers BTR-82A, armoured vehicles Tigr and Typhoon.

Most of the military personnel have experience in performing tasks to support and protect humanitarian operations in Syria.

A column of units marched over 300 kilometres (kms) and arrived in the concentration area in the city of Goris.

The convoy included armoured personnel carriers, automobiles, and logistics means that had previously arrived from Russia at the Erebuni airfield.