Over 1,100 Russian troops and 1600 units of military equipment have already been deployed in the Nagorno-Karabakh region as a part of the peacekeeping mission there, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.
“We continue to transport equipment and materiel at a rate of 25 sorties per day by the Military Transport Aviation of the Russian Aerospace Forces. In three days, 73 aircraft were flown – one thousand 103 servicemen, 168 pieces of equipment were transported,” Shoigu said.
An operational group of the Ministry of Defense has already been deployed in Karabakh, he added.
“Direct communication channels have been established with the defense ministries of Azerbaijan and Armenia, with which the work continues to clarify the parameters of the peacekeeping operation,” Shoigu noted.
The Russian command center was created in the largest regional town – Stepanakert.
The number of permanent Russian observation posts for the region also increased to 17.
“Today we are completing the deployment of observation posts in the South zone of responsibility. There will be nine in total in this zone. Another peacekeeping unit is deployed in the north of Nagorno-Karabakh. Tomorrow we plan to complete the deployment of eight posts in this zone,” Shoigu said in his report to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The total force of the Russian peacekeeping mission in Karabakh will include 1,960 military personnel, 90 armored personnel carriers, 380 units of automobile and special equipment. The core of the Russian contingent is units of the 15th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade.
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