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Echmadzin Manvel, an amputee who was one of many thousands of people injured in the Nagorno-Karabakh War (1988–94), stands with the aid of crutches in front of his apartment.<br />
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The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR) is a de facto independent republic that came into existence in the early 1990s as a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is not recognised internationally.