By Vafa Ismayilova
The Russian Emergencies Ministry's crew of 20 people has begun
to demine the territory of Azerbaijan's newly-liberated Aghdam
region since January 4, Trend quoted a Russian official as
"The work is currently underway on the minefield. To date, 25
anti-infantry mines have been neutralized by mechanical trawling
and an area of more than 2,000 square metres has been cleared.
There are anti-infantry pressure mines on the territory," the head
of the Federal State Institution Leader Centre for High-Risk Rescue
Operations under the ministry, Anatoly Savin, said.
A few days ago, experts from the Azerbaijani and Russian
Emergencies Ministries started joint 45-day training courses on
demining and cleaning Aghdam region from unexploded ordnance. The
demining and cleaning operations will initially begin on 100
hectares of the liberated territories of Aghdam region. It’s
planned to complete the work within about three months.
The joint Russian-Turkish Monitoring Centre will operate in Aghdam
to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire agreement of
Six aricraft bombs found near Nagorno-Karabakh
Meanwhile, the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action
(ANAMA) said in an operational report for January 6 that six
aircraft bombs and a hand grenade had been found as part of
emergency operations in the northwestern region of Agstafa and
Aghjabadi region near Nagorno-Karabakh.
Specialists of the agency and officers from the regional police
departments took the seized bombs and the hand grenade to the
agency's central disposal area, ANAMA said.
Some 250 square metres of the ground surface around the grenade
and the aircraft bombs was inspected, no additionals dangerous
objects and devices were found, the report added.
Six civilians killed in mine blasts since November
On December 22, 2020, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said that
6 civilians and 6 military servicemen were killed and 7 civilians
and 14 military servicemen were injured in landmine blasts after
the war ended on November 10.
On January 1, 2021, in their joint statement, the Azerbaijani
Interior Ministry and ANAMA warned all citizens against visiting
liberated territories given that those areas, which came under the
enemy fire during the war, were contaminated with mines, unexploded
ordnance, explosive devices and explosive remnants of the war. In
this regard, citizens are temporarily prohibited from entering
those areas until safe travel is possible.
ANAMA’s work on liberated territories is being supplemented by
Turkish military mine-clearance experts. Azerbaijan’s Defence
Ministry reported that 136 Turkish soldiers arrived in mid-December
and begun training their Azerbaijani counterparts. The first group
of Turkish sappers arrived in early December. The Turkish soldiers
themselves also will be involved in clearing Azerbaijan’s
A Moscow-brokered ceasefire deal that Baku and Yerevan signed on
November 10 brought an end to six weeks of fighting between Armenia
and Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani army declared a victory against the
Armenian troops. The signed agreement obliged Armenia to withdraw
its troops from the Azerbaijani lands that it has occupied since
the early 1990s.
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