During their one-year activity in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), the servicemen of the Russian peacekeeping contingent have ensured more than 4,000 pilgrims’ safe visit to the Amaras and Dadivank monastic complexes. Aleksandr Postnikov, a representative of the peacekeeping contingent, said, reported the press service of the Russian defense ministry.
The peacekeepers ensure these pilgrims’ safe travel by armored personnel carriers.
"Russian peacekeepers have escorted the pilgrims from Stepanakert to the monasteries and in the opposite direction more than 80 times during the Sunday [church] services," Postnikov added.
These two monasteries are located near the border delimitation line between the two conflicting sides, and therefore the presence of Russian peacekeepers is necessary to ensure the safety of these pilgrims.
In addition, the Russian peacekeepers constantly patrol the area around these monasteries to preserve the historical and cultural treasures of the region.