Aleppo Under Russian Carpet Bombing
The short-lived ceasefire in Syria is over, with Aleppo under Russian carpet bombing, the same type they used in Chechnya. Russian and Syrian government forces are making a push to take the opposition stronghold in the east of the city. The indiscriminate bombing and shelling is killing civilians and even targeting hospitals. obliterated”, he added. On Saturday, air strikes hit Aleppo’s main trauma M10 hospital for the third time in a matter of days. Around 430,000 people have died in the conflict, with another 4.8 million people have fled abroad, according to the UN.
Tensions between Washington and Moscow began to escalate last month when the U.S. called Russian bombing a war crime. Things really started coming apart when American planes accidentally bombed Syrian army positions. Since the ceasefire ended, the US and Russia cooperation has disintegrated. The US threatened to end co-operation with Russia unless it ended its military campaign. Meantime, Russia accused the US of secretly supporting terrorist groups. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart John Kerry talked on Saturday about the situation in Aleppo.
On Monday, the bilateral relations deteriorated further. when Russia suspended an agreement with the US on the disposal of surplus weapons-grade plutonium. Putin accused the US of creating “a threat to strategic stability, as a result of unfriendly actions towards Russia.” He went on to say that he had to take “urgent measures to defend the security of the Russian Federation.” Putin also set condition for the agreement to restart, demanding all U.S. and European sanctions against Russia end, and compensation paid.
The United States formally suspend Syrian talks with Russia, on Monday. A statement released by State Department spokesman, John Kirby, said; “The United States is suspending its participation in bilateral channels with Russia that were established to sustain the cessation of hostilities.” He went on to blame the Russians. “Russia and the Syrian regime have chosen to pursue a military course, inconsistent with the cessation of hostilities, as demonstrated by their intensified attacks against civilian areas, targeting of critical infrastructure such as hospitals, and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching civilians in need.” The United States also shelved plans for the joint military targeting of jihadists, but will continue to liaise with them on air operations in Syrian airspace.