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    According to the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan, the decision was painful for him, but had to be made in the current situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in accordance with the joint statement, Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh along the corridor connecting the region with Armenia and along the contact line.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that the agreement on cessation of hostilities in Karabakh puts an end to the settlement of the conflict. He called the new ceasefire agreement historic and said it would end the bloodshed and lead to long-lasting peace.

    The joint statement came after the Azerbaijani side said it seized control of the Shushi (Shusha) - the second-largest city in Nagorno-Karabach, as the Azerbaijani forces were closing in on the capital of the self-proclaimed republic. Baku said it would end fighting if Pashinyan guarantees that the Armenian troops will be withdrawn from the regions of Aghdam, Kalbajar and Lachin.

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    • 02:37

      Russia Starts Deployment of Peacekeepers in Karabakh at 03:00 GMT Tuesday, in Parallel With Withdrawal of Armenian Forces

      "In accordance with the statement of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia and the President of the Russian Federation, beginning at 6.00 am [Moscow time] on 10 November 2020, the Russian Federation starts to deploy a peacekeeping contingent in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone in parallel with the withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces", the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement.

    • 02:09

      Armenian Defence Ministry Says Will Comply With Requirements of Peace Agreement on Nagorno-Karabakh

    • 01:46

      Russian Peacekeeping Units Start Arriving at Ulyanovsk Vostochny Airport to Depart for Nagorno-Karabakh, Defence Ministry Says

    • 00:56

      Protesters Attack Armenian Parliament Speaker, Opposition Calls on Pashinyan to Resign

      President of Armenia's National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan was in his car when the protesters clashed with his guards, pulled him out of the vehicle, and beat him up, Sputnik Armenia reported.

      Meanwhile, Iveta Tonoyan, member of the National Assembly for Prosperous Armenia, who was taking part in the Yerevan protest, said that the opposition was calling on Pashinyan to resign.

      Tonoyan called the signing of the new ceasefire declaration "the most shameful page in our history".

    • 00:33

      Pashinyan Says There Was No Other Way Out But to Sign Statement on Karabakh

    • 00:13

      Aliyev Called Putin to Apologise for Incident With Russian Helicopter on Armenian-Azerbaijani Border

      Aliyev Called Putin to Apologise for Incident With Russian Helicopter on Armenian-Azerbaijani Border

      The Russian military earlier said its Mi-24 helicopter was downed from a man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) over the territory of Armenia, which Azerbaijan has claimed responsibility for, saying it shot down the aircraft by mistake.
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    • 00:13

      Nagorno-Karabakh Security Council Secretary Says Tried to Stop Signing of Ceasefire Agreement

      "I've learned about the statement that was signed by the PM of Armenia, Presidents of Azerbaijan, and Russia. I tried to prevent this catastrophe & disrupt betrayal but the text was published w/the consent of Artsakh President. Still, there is a way to save our national dignity", Babayan said on Twitter.

    • 00:04

      President Aliyev Those Responsible for Incident With Russian Helicopter on Armenian-Azerbaijani Border Will Be Punished, Moscow Will Be Informed

    • 23:44

      Russian Peacekeepers Departing for Karabakh By Il-76 Aircraft, Russian Military Says

      An Azeri soldier inspects the city of Cebrayil, where Azeri forces regained control during the fighting over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan October 16, 2020

      Russian Peacekeepers Departing for Karabakh By Il-76 Aircraft, Russian Defence Ministry Says

      According to the Russian military, the Russian observation posts will be set up along the contact line in Nagorno-Karabakh, along the Lachin corridor.
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    • 23:24

      Leader of Self-Proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Says Given His Consent to End Hostilities

      "Taking into account the difficult situation and in order to avoid further mass casualties and the loss of Artsakh [Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh] I have given my consent to end the war one hour earlier", Arayik Harutyunyan wrote on Facebook.

    • 23:19

      Baku, Yerevan to Exchange Prisoners, Dead Bodies, Aliyev Says

    • 23:14

      Turkey and Russian Will Conduct Joint Peackeeping Activities in Karabakh, Aliyev Says

      A view shows a fragment of an artillery shell at the fighting positions of ethnic Armenian soldiers on the front line during a military conflict against Azerbaijan's armed forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, October 20, 2020

      Aliyev Says Turkey And Russia Will Jointly Carry Out Peacekeeping Activities in Karabakh

      The Azerbaijani president says a new peacekeeping center will monitor implementation of the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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    • 23:12

      End Is Being Put to Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Today, Azerbaijani President Aliyev Says

    • 23:08

      Azerbaijani President in His Address to People: Baku Is Happy That Long-Term Karabakh Conflict Is Being Terminated

    • 23:07

      Protesters in Yerevan Say Are Headed to Prime Minister's House, Some Remain at Government Building

      In this photo provided by the Armenian Prime Minister Press Service via PAN Photo, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addresses the nation in Yerevan, Armenia, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.

      Protesters Storm Government Building in Yerevan as New Ceasefire Deal Announced

      Protesters in Armenia's capital reportedly headed to Prime Minister's house after they could not find Nikol Pashinyan at the government headquarters, following his joint statement with the leaders of Azerbaijan and Russian on ending the Karabakh war.
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    • 22:58

      Putin to Make Separate Statement on New Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Soon

      "A separate statement of the President of the Russian Federation on this matter is expected to be released in the near future", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

    • 22:50

      Azerbaijani President Aliyev to Address Azerbaijani People in Next Few Minutes - AzTV

    • 22:50

      Peacekeepers to Be Deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian President Vladimir Putin Says

      Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates graduates of higher military educational institutions of Russia on the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

      Peacekeepers to Be Deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh, Putin Says

      The statement on terminating the war in Karabakh on 10 November was signed earlier by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia, and the Armenian prime minister, the Kremlin confirmed.
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    • 22:37

      Kremlin Says Leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia Have Signed Deal on Complete Stoppage of Combat Actions Over Nagorno-Karabakh

    • 22:32

      Armenian Forces Shell Azerbaijani City of Tartar, Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry Says

      Putin to Make Separate Statement on New Nagorno-Karabakh Ceasefire Soon - Kremlin

      "On 10 November, at 0.20 am [20:20 GMT on Monday] subdivisions of the armed forces of Armenia subjected the city of Tartar to artillery fire. One civilian was injured", Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry said in a statement.

    • 22:15

      Pashinyan Says Signed Joint Statement With Aliyev, Putin on Ending Karabakh War

      Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

      Armenian PM Says Signed Statement With Presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia on Cessation of Hostilities

      According to Pashinyan, the text of the joint statement is extremely painful for himself and the Armenian people, but the decision had to be made.
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    • 21:40

      Azerbaijan's Defence Minister Sends Condolences to Russia's Shoigu Over Helicopter Downing

      "The Minister of Defence of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov, has sent a letter of condolences to the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu", the Azerbaijani Defence Ministry said in a statement.

    • 21:37

      Baku Assures Russia Mi-24 Helicopter Incident Will Be Promptly Investigated

      The Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan announced that it had launched a probe into the incident.

    • 21:24

      Armenian Prosecutor General Launches Criminal Case Over Russian Helicopter Downing

      "...a case was opened under the articles ‘murder of two or more persons in a life-threatening manner on the basis of national, racial or religious hatred or religious fanaticism’ and ‘unleashing or waging an aggressive war.’ The case has been passed to the Investigative Committee of Armenia", the press service of Armenia's Prosecutor General's Office said in a Monday statement.

    • 21:20

      Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry Says Downed Russian Helicopter Was Flying At Low Altitude, Outside Radar Detection Zone

    • 21:10

      Russia Positively Assesses Fact That Baku Immediately Admitted its Responsibility for Downing Mi-24 Helicopter, Foreign Ministry Says

      Armenian and Russian soldiers search the site of wreckage of a downed Russian military helicopter which was shot down in Armenia near the border with Azerbaijan, near Eraskh, Armenia, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.

      Moscow Positively Assesses Fact That Baku Admitted its Responsibility in Mi-24 Helicopter Incident

      The Azerbaijani side admitted earlier in the day it had accidentally shot down the Russian helicopter on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, apologising for the incident and expressing its readiness to pay compensation to Russia.
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    • 20:36

      Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office Says Launched Probe Into Downing of Russian Helicopter Mi-24

      "The Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan has started an immediate investigation of the incident related to the downing on 9 November at 6:30 pm [14:30 GMT] of a Mi-24 helicopter belonging to Russia on the Nakhchivan direction of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. Depending on the results, a legal and objective decision will be made. In connection with this issue, the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Azerbaijan expresses deep regret and condolences to the families of the deceased crew members, wishes a speedy recovery of those injured", the statement says.

    • 17:44

      Photos From Crash Site of Russian Mi-24 Chopper Published by Armenian Emergency Service

      A view shows what is said to be a crash site following the downing of a Russian military Mi-24 helicopter at an unknown location in Armenia, in this handout photo released November 9, 2020. Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia

      Photos From Crash Site of Russian Mi-24 Chopper Published by Armenian Emergency Service

      Earlier in the day, a Russian Mi-24 helicopter was downed in Armenian airspace near the village of Yeraskh. As a result, two crew members were killed and one was evacuated with moderate injuries. Azerbaijan later admitted that it shot down the helicopter.
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    • 16:34

      Moscow to Use Every Opportunity to Bring Warring Sides in Karabakh to Negotiating Table

    • 16:04

      Azerbaijan Has Taken Control Over Several Settlements in Karabakh, President Aliyev Says

    • 15:52

      Russian Mi-24 Transport Helicopter Crashes Near Armenian Village After Being Shot by SAM

      Russian military helicopter Mi-24 (NATO reporting name: Hind) seen during the Kavkaz-2020 war games.

      Russian Mi-24 Helicopter 'Accidently' Downed by Azerbaijan's Forces in Armenian Airspace

      The incident took place amid ongoing hostilities in the nearby disputed Karabakh region between Azerbaijani forces and the forces of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
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      Sputnik Armenia initially reported the incident, citing a Russian security source. The news outlet also shared footage uploaded by Edmon Marukyan, leader of the Bright Armenia party, allegedly showing the aftermath of the crash.

    • 15:23

      Armenia's Prime Minister Refutes Claim Karabakh Second Largest Town, Shushi, Seized by Azerbaijan

      "Fight for Shushi continues", the prime minister said on Facebook.

    • 15:14

      Azerbaijan's MoD Shares Footage of Armenia's Air Defence System Destruction

    • 15:07

      Turkey's Erdogan Says Baku Will Fight in Karabakh Until Full Control Over Territory

      "Turkey has not remained silent and will not remain silent regarding the occupation of the Azerbaijani land. With the liberation of Shusha, our hopes have strengthened manyfold. The banner of the struggle will not be lowered until the entire Karabakh is liberated from the occupation, including the return of Kalbajar and Lachin to their real owners", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a Turkish ambassadors conference in Ankara.

    • 13:31

      Azeri Forces Are Closing in on Stepanakert, Presidency of Self-Proclaimed Karabakh Says

      The city of Shushi is completely beyond the control of the Karabakh forces, an assistant to the Nagorno-Karabakh president stated.

      "The enemy is advancing upon Stepanakert, and the very existence of the capital is being threatened", presidential spokesman Vaghram Pogosyan said on Facebook.

      Shushi is the second largest town in the republic.

    • 12:58

      Armenian Defence Ministry Shares Footage of Alleged Strikes Near Town of Khojavend

      The Armenian Defence Ministry has shared a video allegedly depicting strikes by Armenian forces in the Khojavend direction of the front.

    • 12:27

      Azerbaijan to Stop Karabakh Conflict If Armenian Leader Orders Troops to Withdraw, Aliyev Says

      Azerbaijan does not want the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to continue and will stop combat activities if Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan guarantees that the Armenian troops will be withdrawn from the regions of Aghdam, Kalbajar and Lachin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Monday in an interview with UK media.

      “If Pashinyan, him personally, not his foreign minister, him personally, says Armenia withdraws its troops from Aghdam, from Kalbajar, from Lachin, the three remaining regions which they have to liberate and give us a timetable, we will stop immediately. We don’t want to continue this war,” Aliyev said, as quoted by the official Azertac news agency.

    • 09:48

      Azeri Armed Forces Seize Control Over More Karabakh Territories, Aliyev Says

      The Azerbaijani armed forces have seized control over some more territories in Karabakh, President Ilham Aliyev said on Monday.

      The Azerbaijani armed forces have established control over many villages in the Fizuli district, Khojaly district, Khojavend district, Jabrayil district, Qubadli district and Zangilan ditrict, the president wrote on Twitter.

    • 09:34

      Putin, Erdogan Touched Upon Karabakh in Recent Phone Talks

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed Nagorno-Karabakh in their recent phone talks, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

      "On Saturday, we announced the topics that had been discussed during the phone talks of presidents Putin and Erdogan. I have nothing to add to this. They did touch upon Karabakh," Peskov told reporters, when asked to comment on Turkey's alleged idea for a new contact group on Karabakh conflict.

    • 08:53

      Erdogan Invited Putin to Create New Bilateral Working Group on Karabakh, Reports Suggest

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin, in their recent phone conversation, to create a bilateral working group on the Karabakh crisis settlement outside the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Minsk Group, CNN Turk broadcaster reported on Monday, citing a diplomatic source.

      Putin and Erdogan discussed the situation in the crisis-torn region on Saturday. According to the Kremlin, the leaders confirmed commitment to cooperate in order to find a peaceful solution to the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict.

      According to CNN Turk, Putin welcomed the Turkish leader's offer, and bilateral negotiations on the Karabakh crisis settlement could be launched already in the coming days. The new working group is expected to focus on measures to be introduced after a ceasefire, which will be due to promote the political settlement. The broadcaster added that the foreign ministers of Russia and Turkey held phone talks after the national leaders' negotiations.

    • 08:22

      Baku May Resort to Turkish Military Aid if the Country Faces Threat, Azerbaijani President Says

      Baku, which is involved in a conflict with Armenia in Karabakh region, may consider accepting military aid from Ankara if Azerbaijan is threatened, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said.

      Azerbaijan will not need any such aid if the things continue as they are now, the president said.

      However, Baku and Turkey have an agreement on military help in case of aggression, similar to the agreements Armenia has with Russia, so Baku may consider using Turkey's help if it is threatened, Aliyev said in an interview with UK media.

    • 06:59

      Combat in Vicinity of Shushi Continues, Armenian Unified Infocentre Says

       The Armenian Defence Ministry's spokesman said on Monday that an operation to eliminate an Azeri armed forces' disposition was underway in the Karintak village near the city of Shusha.

      "A disposition [of the Azeri armed forces], which was found in the Karintak area, is being eliminated through artillery strikes. The enemy is suffering significant losses," Atsrun Hovhannisyan said, as quoted by the Karabakh's official infocenter.

    • 06:31

      Number of Armenian Soldiers Killed in Karabakh Conflict Has Reached 1,221, Republic's Authorities Say

    • 05:13

      Armenia Says Stepanakert Hit by Cluster Bombs

      The emergencies service of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) accused the Azeri armed forces on Monday of launching cluster rockets on Stepanakert, the NKR capital, noting that no one was injured.

      "After midnight, the enemy launched several cluster rockets at Stepanakert, damaging the civilian infrastructure. No one was injured in the capital," the NKR service for emergency situations said in a statement.

      The situation was relatively calm in other NKR settlements, the service noted.

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