Nagorno-Karabakh, Azeris arrest former separatist prime minister Vardanyan

Ruben Vardanyan, the former leader of the self-proclaimed Republic of Atsakh, located in the Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, was arrested by Azerbaijani authorities as he attempted to leave the enclave towards Armenia. This news was made public by the Baku border forces, who shared a photograph of Vardanyan in detention, escorted by two officers. Vardanyan, a billionaire who renounced his Russian citizenship in 2022, was head of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh government from November last year to February this year.

Armenia: “Over 40 thousand refugees arrived from Nagorno-Karabakh

Meanwhile, Armenia said it had registered 42,500 refugees from the enclave, while Azerbaijan said 192 soldiers and one civilian were killed in last week’s lightning offensive against ethnic Armenian separatists. Baku’s Health Ministry said more than 500 Azeri soldiers were wounded in the one-day operation that ended with the rebels pledging to lay down their weapons. Meanwhile, according to the Armenian government, nearly a quarter of Nagorno-Karabakh’s population has fled to Armenia since Baku launched an attack on the separatist region last week.