Nagorno-Karabakh: Armed forces of breakaway Artsakh Republic surrender weapons and military equipment to Azerbaijani military
The armed forces of the breakaway Republic of Artsakh, established in Nagorno-Karabakh with the support of the Armenian government, have started transferring their weapons and military equipment to the Azerbaijani army, as stipulated by the cease-fire agreement reached by Baku and Yerevan on September 20.
On September 19, Baku launched a massive strike on Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave of Azerbaijan predominantly populated by ethnic Armenians, using artillery and combat drones but describing the attack as a “local anti-terrorist operation.”
According to the Artsakh Ombudsman Gegham Stepanyan, 200 people were killed in Nagorno-Karabakh over the next day. This number included 10 civilians, five of whom were children. In addition, 40 civilian residents received injuries.
On September 20, the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev declared, in a public address, that Baku had “restored its sovereignty” in the region.