Azerbaijani army announced that it launched 'anti-terrorist' operation after 4 police officers and 2 civilian Azerbaijani citizens lost their lives as a result of the explosion of a mine planted by Armenian separatists in Nagorno Karabakh. After 24 hours of operation, the separatists announced that they laid down their arms, while Azerbaijan declared its victory.
Azerbaijani Defence Ministry Spokesperson Colonel Anar Eyvazov shared information about the anti-terrorist operation of the Azerbaijani army in Karabakh, which ended with the surrender of the Armenian forces at a press conference.
"More than 90 positions were under the control of the Azerbaijani army, 7 military vehicles, 4 mortars, 1 tank, 2 armoured infantry vehicles were captured by Azerbaijani soldiers." Eyvazov stated that the Armenian forces, who ran out of ammunition during the operation, left their positions and fled, and that the Azerbaijani army did not open fire on those who fled.
Azerbaijan announced that the anti-terrorist operation in the Armenian occupied Nagorno Karabakh was successfully concluded. While the Armenian separatists announced that they had laid down arms, thousands of Armenians from Karabakh reportedly started to leave the region. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian announced that they would host those who left their homes on their lands.
Stating that they were ready for the possible refugee influx from the region when the clashes started, Pashinian announced that they could take 40 thousand families to Armenia.
"Armenians should live in their homes, honourably and in safe conditions," Pashinian said.
In his speech, Pashinian also said that he did not see a "direct threat" to Armenians in Nagorno Karabakh. Karabakh authorities warned that Armenians in the region could be subjected to ethnic cleansing.
Approximately 120 thousand Armenians live in the region.
On the other hand, the Azerbaijani government has declared that it wants the peaceful integration of Nagorno Karabakh with the rest of the country.
Following the ceasefire announced after Russia's initiatives in the region, Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh delegations met in Yevlah.