MOSCOW (AP) – Azerbaijani army units entered the Aghdam region, a territory ceded by Armenian forces in a ceasefire agreement that ended six weeks of intense fighting in the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region. the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Friday.
The truce, brokered by Russia last week, stipulates that Armenia must hand over some areas it controls outside the Nagorno-Karabakh borders to Azerbaijan. The first, Aghdam, will be loaned on Friday.
Nagorno-Karabakh is located within Azerbaijan, but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces, backed by Armenia, since the end of the separatist war in 1994. The conflict not only left Nagorno-Karabakh in Armenian hands, but also their vicinity.
The heavy fighting that began on September 27 was the worst escalation in the conflict between the two ex-Soviet nations in more than a quarter of a century, killing hundreds, and possibly thousands, of people.
Last week’s truce curbed the violence after several failed attempts to establish a lasting ceasefire. It was celebrated as a victory in Azerbaijan and sparked massive protests in Armenia, where thousands took to the streets to demand the resignation of the prime minister.