Russian peacekeepers have fulfilled their tasks at high level in Garabagh, says First Deputy Commander

Yevgeny Nikiforov, First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, Chief of the General Staff of the Ground Forces

© APA | Yevgeny Nikiforov, First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, Chief of the General Staff of the Ground Forces

# 15 May 2024 15:40 (UTC +04:00)

“Specialists of the engineering units of Russian Peacekeeping Contingent implemented an important task in the process of establishing peace. Thousands of hectares of land were cleared of landmines by the sappers, more than 30,000 explosives were discovered and destroyed,” Yevgeny Nikiforov, First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, Chief of the General Staff of the Ground Forces said at the solemn ceremony held dedicated to the withdrawal of the Russian peacekeeping contingent from the territory of the Garabagh economic region of Azerbaijan, APA reports.

He said that in order to help the local population, more than 350 humanitarian campaigns were held, more than 90,000 people received targeted assistance, more than 1,000 civilians were provided with qualified medical assistance.

According to him, three and a half years ago, as a result of joint efforts, it was possible to stop the war in the region: “The leaders of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia signed a statement on the establishment of a ceasefire and the cessation of all military operations along the contact line. The deployment of Russian peacekeepers to the region began almost the next day, non-stop service was organized by RPC at observation and guard posts. Following of the ceasefire regime was monitored. A solid foundation was created for the restoration of peaceful life.

Yevgeniy Nikiforov emphasized that the peacekeeping contingent actively participated in ensuring the safety of the access to the objects of the religious importance, the conditions were created for the normal life activity of the population, a number of works were carried out for the restoration of the infrastructure.
‘At the same time, the process of exchange of the prisoners was organized as a result of the active cooperation with the parties of the conflict. It was possible to save more than 100 people from captivity. The corpses of more than 1900 soldiers were found and handed over by the search teams of the Russian peacekeeping contingent. After Armenia officially recognized the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Moscow, and Baku made a joint decision regarding the start of the process of withdrawing the RPC, as the target point of the peacekeeping activity was reached. The participation of Russian military personnel contributed to the cessation of hostilities and the establishment of sustainable peace on land of Azerbaijan. Russian military personnel have honorably fulfilled all tasks set by the military-political leadership of our state. On behalf of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Chief of the General Staff, and myself, I express my gratitude to the Russian peacekeepers for fulfilling their duties, and to the Azerbaijani military for efficient cooperation.” Colonel-General added.

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