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Russia's UN envoy urges organization to prove Aleppo air strikes continue

October 27, 2016, 8:02 UTC+3 UNITED NATIONS
According to Russia’s permanent representative, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs constructed his speech as if the bombing "did not stop for a single day"
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UNITED NATIONS, October 27. /TASS/. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin criticized the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O'Brien who accused the Russian and Syrian forces in indiscriminate bombing of the Eastern Aleppo. Speaking at a meeting of the UN Security Council, the diplomat asked O'Brien to provide evidence of continuing air strikes.

Churkin recalled that last week, "in response to the UN call, and as a goodwill gesture, it was decided to completely stop flights of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force in the region of Aleppo from 10:00 AM local time on October 18". "Aircraft did not approach the city at a distance of less than 10 km. This moratorium on flights is continuing for 8 days," Churkin said.

According to Russia’s Permanent Representative, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs constructed his speech as if the bombing "did not stop for a single day."

"If you have any information that there were any missile and bomb strikes, please provide this information," Churkin said, adding he expected an "objective analysis" of the current situation. 

Un fails to help civilians in besieged Aleppo 

The UN has failed to thrash out an operation on evacuation of the sick and wounded people from eastern Aleppo, by failing to exert required pressure on the armed groups, Vitaly Churkin said:

"We have to state with regret that the UN has failed to thrash out in a proper way the operation on evacuation of the sick and injured people. They let the work with the opposition groups operating in the city and the local council go with the flow. The UN staff members have failed to exert required pressure on patrons of the illegal armed units so that the militants could cooperate with humanitarian workers."

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