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In a communique published during the evening of 9 November, Armenian Prime minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that he had signed a ‘declaration with the presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan concerning the end of the war in Nagorono Karabakh’. The Armenian head of government qualified this initiative to be ‘extremely painful’.

The Russian president Vladimir Putin confirmed the signing of this ‘total ceasefire in the Nagorno Karabkh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan from 00:01 10 November’. The Russian head of State also announced that the belligerents keep ‘their current positions’.

The ceasefire happens while the Azeri forces affirmed they had gained the control of the strategic city of Choucha, a major military success for Baku since the beginning of the hostilities 27 September in the region. This agreement seems to give the military victory to Azerbaijan.

The ceasefire also takes into account the deployment of 1,960 Russian peacekeepers.

Just after this announcement, protests erupted in Yerevan (Armenia) during the night of 9 to 10 November around the offices of the government. Protesters stormed the building, breaking windows and destroying offices.

Ongoing protests are to be expected in the next few days, especially in Armenia. It is recommended to stay well away from it.

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