Explosions from mine clearances are heard in the center of Stepanakert

In the center of the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Stepanakert, the work of sappers has begun, who are eliminating unexploded shells, RIA Novosti reports.

In this regard, several explosions were heard in the city center, but local television warned that they should not be afraid – within two hours, the Karabakh sappers will eliminate unexploded shells on the spot, which are too dangerous to get out of the ground and take out.

Baku and Yerevan during negotiations in Moscow on Saturday night agreed on a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh from noon on October 10. The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan arrived in Moscow on Friday at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The negotiations lasted more than 10 hours.

The fighting on the line of contact in Karabakh began on 27 September. Armenia and Azerbaijan accuse each other of unleashing hostilities, in Karabakh they report 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 has been introduced in Azerbaijan.

The leaders of Russia, the United States and France called on the opposing sides to stop clashes and to undertake to start negotiations without preconditions. Turkey has stated that it will provide Azerbaijan with any support it requests against the background of another aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The conflict in Karabakh began in February 1988, when the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. In the course of the armed confrontation in 1992-1994, Azerbaijan lost control over Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. Since 1992, negotiations on a peaceful settlement of the conflict have been conducted within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, headed by three co-chairs – Russia, the United States and France. Azerbaijan insists on preserving its territorial integrity, Armenia protects the interests of the unrecognized republic, since NKR is not a party to the negotiations.

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