Russian peacekeepers have ensured the safety of Armenian civilians while handing over control of Karvachar to the Azerbaijani armed forces, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
"While fulfilling the terms of the trilateral agreement, the servicemen of the Russian peacekeeping contingent have ensured the safety of the civilian population while transferring Karvachar (Kelbajar region), and the organized transfer of the region," the respective statement reads.
By the tripartite agreement of the leaders of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Karvachar on Wednesday passed under the control of Azerbaijani armed forces.
On November 9, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a joint statement on a complete cessation of hostilities— which Azerbaijan had launched on September 27—in and around Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). Accordingly, Russian peacekeepers are deployed in the region to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire and the cessation of hostilities. But this statement also stipulates the handover of part of Artsakh lands to Azerbaijan.