On December 15, Baku and Yerevan exchanged prisoners of war with the participation of Russian peacekeepers. It is not about transferring two or three people on each side, but about exchanging a significant number of people. Such an event occurred after the end of the war in Karabakh for the first time. And it would hardly have happened without the active efforts of our “blue helmets”.
The commander of the peacekeeping contingent, lieutenant general Rustam Muradov, held intensive talks with representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan for two weeks. The military commander insisted that the exchange of prisoners was carried out according to the principle of “all for all” provided for by the joint statement of the leaders of the three countries. As a result, General Muradov personally handed over 12 men to the representatives of Baku, and 44 men to the Armenian side.
A few days earlier, General Muradov had to deal with an armed incident in the vicinity of the settlements of Khtsaberd and Hin Taher in the Hadrut district. There, Russian peacekeepers recorded the first violation of the ceasefire regime after the end of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. The reaction of our military was timely and tough. As a result, they managed to prevent further aggravation of the situation. And the commander reported to Moscow that the situation in this area has returned to normal.
Thanks to the presence of Russian “blue helmets”, it is normalizing throughout the region. Refugees are returning there, schools have been opened in Stepanakert, and life in Karabakh is gradually returning to a peaceful course. For example, yesterday the Russian Defense Ministry reported that our military sappers have already cleared more than 156 hectares of land, about 40 kilometers of roads, 375 residential buildings and social facilities. They found and neutralized almost 5 thousand explosive objects. These were mainly artillery shells, mortar shells of various calibers, as well as hand grenades and charges for grenade launchers.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, on Tuesday, the Russian military escorted a convoy of buses with 566 refugees from Yerevan to Stepanakert. And the total number of people who returned to Nagorno-Karabakh is approaching 40 thousand.