YEREVAN, January 13. /TASS/. An excavator operator from the Nagorno-Karabakh city of Martakert died in a landmine explosion, the regional Investigative Committee reported Wednesday.
"According to the preliminary information, a Martakert resident died in a landmine explosion while operating an excavator during earthwork. He died immediately," the announcement says.
Russian peacekeepers, deployed under the trilateral agreement between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia, perform 24/7 monitoring of the situation in the region and compliance with the ceasefire regime. Besides, they also perform mine clearance operations. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, by January 11, Russian peacekeepers cleared about 479 hectares and defused over 23,000 explosives.
Apart from the peacekeepers, explosives specialists from the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations work on mine clearance as well. According to the Ministry, its specialists have surveyed over 65 hectares, discovering over 13,500 explosives, and defused some 65 explosives near the settlement of Afatli, currently under Azerbaijani control.