“I have made a difficult, extremely difficult decision for personally me and all of us. I have signed a declaration with the Presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan on stopping the war starting from 01:00 (local time),” Pashinyan mentioned in a press release posted on his Facebook web page early Tuesday.
After claiming earlier on Monday that the combat over Shusha was not over, Pashinyan mentioned he made the choice to sign the settlement based mostly on a deep evaluation of the navy scenario and “on the conviction that in the existing situation this is the best possible outcome.“
Speaking after the settlement was introduced, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev mentioned the deal would “return our territories without any further bloodshed.” He mentioned all navy operations within the area that sits in Azerbaijani territory however has been populated and managed by ethnic Armenians have stopped.
“Today, I am signing this agreement with pride! Congratulations to the people of Azerbaijan!,” Aliyev added.
Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Russian peacekeeping forces will probably be deployed alongside the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh and throughout the hall that connects the area with Armenia.
Aliyev declared Sunday that his forces had taken Shusha, a metropolis typically described as “the Jerusalem of Nagorno-Karabakh” for its spiritual significance.
Azerbaijan’s protection ministry launched a video Monday displaying the nation’s flag flying on public buildings within the metropolis, placing Azerbaijani forces mere miles from the regional capital Stepanakert. The video exhibits abandoned streets and broken buildings.
Later on Monday, Azerbaijan apologized for downing a Russian helicopter close to the Armenia-Azerbaijan border, saying it was an accident.
Shusha — or Shushi because it’s recognized to Armenians — lies some 10 kilometers south of Stepanakert and is on larger floor, making the capital extra susceptible. It has already suffered common rocket and missile assaults; many civilians fled in the direction of Armenia over the weekend.
The first Armenian acknowledgement that Shusha had fallen got here Monday from the spokesman for Nagorno-Karabakh’s presidency, Vahram Poghosyan. He posted on Facebook that the “city is completely out of our control and all kinds of encouraging or inspiring propaganda do[es] not give us anything besides losing the sense of reality.” Poghosyan added that “the enemy is in the vicinity of Stepanakert and now the existence of the capital city is threatened.”
Videos posted on social media Sunday confirmed convoys of vehicles heading away from Stepanakert, however studies from the town say many civilians stay there.
Hours after Azerbaijan’s protection ministry posted the Shusha video on-line, the Russian protection ministry mentioned a Russian navy helicopter was shot down over Armenia close to the border with Azerbaijan.
The helicopter was downed utilizing a transportable surface-to-air missile, the ministry mentioned, including that two crew members had been killed when the Mi-24 crashed in a mountainous space in Armenia and a 3rd was taken to an airfield with accidents.
Azerbaijan’s overseas ministry later issued a press release apologizing for the downing of the helicopter, which it mentioned was an accident.
“The Azerbaijani side apologizes to the Russian side in connection with this tragic incident, which is accidental and was not directed against the Russian side,” the assertion mentioned. The assertion went on to precise Azerbaijan’s “sincere condolences” to the households of the Russian crew members and supplied to pay compensation.
“The helicopter flight took place in close proximity to the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border, while active military clashes continue in the zone of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the Azerbaijani assertion mentioned.
“The flight took place in the dark, at low altitude, outside the air defense radar detection zone. Russian Air Force helicopters have not been seen in the specified area before,” it added.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — a vocal supporter of Azerbaijan — instructed a rally within the Turkish metropolis of Kocaeli on Sunday that “the liberation of Shusha also signals that liberation of remaining occupied territories is near.”
In a name with Putin on Saturday, Erdogan mentioned Armenia should withdraw from the Azerbaijani lands below its occupation, in line with a read-out of the decision from the Turkish presidency.
The unrest in Nagorno-Karabakh dates again to the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the area, backed by Armenia, declared independence from Azerbaijan.
Shusha was captured by Armenian forces in 1992 and Nagorno-Karabakh established a de facto independence that isn’t acknowledged by a lot of the world. A 1994 ceasefire introduced the violent battle over the enclave to an finish, however tensions continued to simmer.
Azerbaijan has lengthy claimed it might retake the territory, which is internationally acknowledged as Azerbaijani. Tensions flared up once more over the summer time and escalated in September.
Both sides have reported dozens of civilian casualties for the reason that battle started in September.
Aren Melikyan reported from Yerevan, Arzu Geybulla and Gul Tuysuz reported from Istanbul, Mary Ilyushina reported from Moscow, Tim Lister reported from Spain and Ivana Kottasová wrote in London.