Nagorno-Karabakh. Ceasefire violation
The commander of the Russian peacekeepers in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone, Lieutenant-General Rustam Muradov, reported that on 11th of December the Russian peacekeepers stopped a violation of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, near the settlements of Khtsaberd and Hin Taher, in the Hadrut region. Rustam Muradov added that currently «the situation in that area has returned to normal», the Russian peacekeepers are constantly monitoring the situation, and they maintain an interaction with the representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan. On Saturday, the Russian Ministry of Defense reported the first violation of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. On Saturday, the Armenian Ministry of Defense reported that on 12th of December, Azerbaijan carried out offensive actions near the villages of Hin Taglar and Khtsaberd, in the south of Karabakh. According to a message from the Russian Ministry of Defense on Sunday — the ceasefire was resumed in Nagorno-Karabakh.
During an address to the nation, which was broadcast by the local TV channels, the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, announced that the Azerbaijani offensive actions in the Hadrut region of Nagorno-Karabakh were aimed, among other things, to devaluate the activities of the Russian peacekeeping mission. «The fate of the villages of Khtsaberd and Hin-Tager is the first serious test for the Russian peacekeepers» — Pashinyan explained and added that «there were no civilians in the villages of Hin Tager and Khtsaberd. The Russian peacekeepers were deployed in those settlements over the weekend. They were tasked to ensure the compliance of the status of those territories with the provisions of the trilateral declaration of 9th of November» — the Armenian Prime Minister concluded.
The Armenian Foreign Minister, Ara Ayvazyan, stated that the priority issue for Armenia is the liberation of the territories of Nagorno-Karabakh, occupied by Azerbaijan. Ayvazyan made this statement in Yerevan, during a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Stefan Visconti from France, Andrew Shofer from the USA, and the charge d’Affaires of the Russian Embassy, Alexei Sinegubov. «Ayvazyan underlined that the priority issues for Armenia are the establishment of the status of Artsakh on the basis of the people’s right for a self-determination, the de-occupation of the territories of Artsakh by Azerbaijan, the creation of conditions for a safe return of the Artsakh Armenians to their homes, and a preservation of the religious and cultural heritage» — the Armenian Foreign Ministry stated.
During his address to the nation, the Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that Armenia and Azerbaijan are about to exchange the prisoners. It was reported that Armenia expects «the return of an officially confirmed group of prisoners’’. «At this stage, we will return those prisoners whose identities have been confirmed by the the International Red Cross Committee, and Azerbaijan» — Pashinyan explained. Earlier the Armenian authorities have stated that they are ready to exchange prisoners with Azerbaijan on «all for all» basis.
The Syria TV reported that on Sunday, a patrol of the Kurdish «Syrian Democratic Forces» was hit by a mine explosion in the province of Deir ez-Zor. As a result — at least 3 Kurdish fighters were killed. The mine was planted on the side of a road in the village of Al-Buseira. The mine was detonated via a remote control. The Syria TV reported that the ISIS terrorists are active in that area. On Sunday, they carried out two more armed sorties. They attacked SDF checkpoints in Zeyban and Al-Subha — there were reports about dead and wounded as well. On Saturday, a Kurdish military vehicle was hit with a mine explosion near the Al-Omar oil field, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates. Several Kurdish fighters were wounded.
The Times of India reported while citing their official sources that the Indian government has allowed the Indian armed forces to increase their stockpiles of weapons and ammo for 15 days of a potential war against China and Pakistan. It was noted that the weaponry will be purchased from foreign and Indian manufacturers. The sources of the Times of India reported that the Indian army has already purchased a large number of missiles and shells for tanks and artillery. About $67.8 millions of dollars have been allocated for the purchases. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.