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Russia Accused Of Committing War Crimes In Aleppo

Western powers blamed Russia for hundreds of civilian deaths in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

By Ryan Biek | September 26, 2016

After three top diplomats walked out of an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting Sunday, the peace process in Syria has all but collapsed

Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the city of Aleppo since a cease-fire fell apart last week. Airstrikes on Sunday alone wounded roughly 300 people, many of them children

Both Russia and Syria have been accused of indiscriminately bombing Aleppo's densely populated neighborhoods. On Sunday, the U.S. and other Western powers condemned the strikes, calling them barbaric. 

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Even the U.N.'s secretary-general singled out Russia for using bunker buster bombs to target hospitals and schools located in basements. 

Russia backs the Syrian government, whose leader has repeatedly been accused of war crimes.

Sunday's Security Council meeting was unique because Western powers outright accused Russia of committing war crimes alongside the Syrian regime.

Russia has denied the claims, and has accused Western-backed rebels of causing the cease-fire's collapse. The Syrian regime recently announced an offensive into Aleppo's rebel-controlled neighborhoods. 

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