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Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Artsakh, is a landlocked region in the South Caucasus. Stepanakert is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Artsakh (better known as Nagorno-Karabakh). A group of soldiers dressed with camouflage uniforms. A soldier, dressed with ceremonial clothes, is holding in his hand a SKS carabine on a sunny Sunday morning at War Memorial. Ceremony for Ashot  Ghulyan (1959-1992), also known as Bekor (Shard). He was an Armenian military leader, killed during the Nagorno-Karabakh war (1988 -1994), and awarded the Hero of Artsakh honorary title. The SKS is a Soviet semi-automatic carbine chambered for the 7.62×39mm round, designed in 1943 by Sergei Gavrilovich Simonov. Its complete designation, SKS-45, is an initialism for Samozaryadny Karabin sistemy Simonova, 1945. It is still used as a ceremonial firearm today. Nagorno-Karabakh is a disputed territory, internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but most of the region is governed by the Republic of Artsakh (formerly named Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), a de facto independent state with Armenian ethnic population. Since 1994, regular peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group have failed to result in a peace treaty. The territory is under the control of the Artsakh Defense Army (which is backed up by Armenian Army) due to the ongoing territorial disputes with Azerbaijan. 6.10.2019 © 2019 Didier Ruef