Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh evaluated by military experts – Russian peacekeepers sent to the territory of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic are not called to participate in hostilities. Their goal is to maintain and control the ceasefire.
Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh evaluated by military experts
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – Their weapons are sufficient for that task. The military expert, one of the authors of the book “Waiting for the Storm: South Caucasus” by the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) Yuri Lyamin stated this in an interview with RBK.
“They must not take part in active combat operations, or, at most, prevent any small skirmishes and so on. That’s why the available light armored vehicles, helicopters, and drones should be enough to do it,” he said, adding that this is the main difference between a peacekeeping operation and a peace enforcement operation.
His opinion was also supported by Viktor Murakhovsky, editor-in-chief of the Fatherland Arsenal magazine. He explained that the peacekeepers do not use force in case of violations, they just record them. The military can use force only in case of direct aggression in their direction.
On November 10, the Russian Defense Ministry said it sent to the republic a peacekeeping contingent of 1960 military personnel, 90 armored personnel carriers, 380 special vehicles. On the evening of November 12, the Russian troops entered the capital of Karabakh, Stepanakert.
On November 9, Russia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan adopted a joint statement suggesting the cessation of hostilities in Nagorno Karabakh from November 10. Azerbaijan will gain control over the territories of the Agdam, Gazakh, Kelbajar, and Lachin districts and will also retain the territories seized during the fighting, including Shushi. Armenia will retain the Lachin corridor. Under the agreement, the parties will also exchange prisoners of war and the bodies of those killed.