Russian peacekeeper injured in a mine explosion in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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On Monday, Interfax reported that a Russian peacekeeper was injured when a mine exploded, during a joint search for bodies with the Azerbaijani army, Red Cross and emergency officials from Nagorno-Karabakh region. An Azerbaijani soldier was also killed in the explosion, while four emergency workers from the Nagorno-Karabakh region were injured.
The Azerbaijani-Armenian war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region ended several weeks ago, after several months of fighting that resulted in thousands of fatalities. Armenia were forced to evacuate three districts in the Nagorno-Karabakh region as part of the peace deal. The districts have been under their control for decades.
The Russian peacekeepers will monitor the line of contact between the Armenian and Azerbaijani forces to prevent another conflict. Russia has deployed around 1,960 troops to the region, and several heavy equipment. Earlier on Monday, they announced the deployment of 100 mine clearing experts. The region is known to be littered with mines. Since the 1990s more than 100 people were killed, and around 300 injured due to land mines.