A member of Russian peacekeeping forces stands next to a tank near the border with Armenia, following the signing of an agreement to end the military conflict between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces, in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, 10 No
BAKU – Azerbaijani authorities are investigating two separate incidents that resulted in the deaths of Russian peacekeepers in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The incident took place in the midst of Baku’s military action this week.
“In one case near the village of Janyatag, which is also called Chankatagh in Armenian, Azerbaijani forces attacked a vehicle used by Russian peacekeepers, killing five people,” the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General’s office said on Thursday (21/9/2023).
The statement cited “difficult terrain and foggy and rainy weather” as factors preventing troops from identifying the car as Russian.
“Another incident involved members of an unknown illegal Armenian formation attacking a military truck in the same area, killing a Russian peacekeeper and wounding another,” the report said.
The two shootings occurred on Wednesday, in the midst of Azerbaijan’s military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
The Prosecutor General’s Office said it was in touch with Russian authorities to express condolences and coordinate investigations into crimes committed by both sides.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev directly called Russian President Vladimir Putin the previous day. He offered compensation to the families of slain Russian soldiers.
The Russian Defense Ministry did not report the number of peacekeepers killed and did not say the killings occurred at different locations when it reported the deaths on Wednesday.