Armenia and Azerbaijan have signed an agreement on the prisoner's swap, which includes arrested before the war.
On Sunday, about 15,000 Armenians protested against the government's consent to give up Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan, a provision that was the main condition of the armistice agreement with Azerbaijan. The protesters gathered in the center of the capital Yerevan and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. These were the largest protests to date against the agreement, and representatives of the influential Apostolic Church also participated for the first time.
"Nikol, you traitor" and "Armenia without Nikol", shouted the demonstrators on Freedom Square in Yerevan. Notwithstanding the protests, the head of government said in a televised address that he did not intend to resign. The government is concentrating on bringing Armenian prisoners of war and deaths back into the country.
It is still unknown how many prisoners of war both sides captured but the observers estimate that the number is between 1,000 and 1,500 soldiers excluding arrested before the war.
The death toll in 44 days war indicates that it will be deadliest conflict since wars in Afganistan in Yemen. Roughly 5,500 soldiers dead combined compares to just 2,400 American soldiers who have been killed in the 19-year Afghanistan war.
Armenia’s Health Ministry said Wednesday that at least 2,718 Armenian servicemen were killed in the fighting. Scores of Armenian civilians were also killed.
Azerbaijan had not released information on its military casualties until Thursday when the Defense Ministry said 2,783 troops were killed and more than 100 are still missing. Another 1,245 are being treated in medical facilities.
The Moscow-brokered peace agreement saw the return to Azerbaijan of a significant part of Nagorno-Karabakh and also required Armenia to hand over all of the regions it held outside the separatist territory. Azerbaijan completed reclaiming those territories on Tuesday when it took over the Lachin region located between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia.
Russia deployed nearly 2,000 peacekeepers for a period of at least five years to monitor the deal and facilitate the return of refugees. The Russian troops also will ensure safe transit between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia across the Lachin region.
Turkey expands its zone of influence to Azerbaijan
The war radically has changed the influence zone of Turkey shifting, to Azerbaijan, which received significant military support, including the sophisticated drones that changed the course of the conflict to the benefit of Baku.
Earlier this week, Russian and Turkish military officials signed documents to set up a joint monitoring center to ensure the fulfillment of the peace deal.