Russia to send aircraft carrier to Syria as ceasefire hangs in balance


Russia has appear it is sending its alone aircraft carrier to amnion off Syria s coast, as diplomats met at the United Nations in an accomplishment to animate Syria s declining ceasefire.Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said the Admiral Kuznetsov, accustomed dozens of aggressive aircraft, would be beatific to the eastern Mediterranean to accompany added Russian ships off the war-torn country s coast, accompaniment account agencies reported.The advertisement — a abeyant accident plan for the abortion of the armistice — came in the deathwatch of surging violence, including the baleful bombing of a Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid accompany on Monday night.Speaking at the United Nations, US Secretary of Accompaniment John Kerry said the the armistice was hanging by a thread. He denounced the outrageous advance on the aid convoy, and said the all-embracing association had been woefully inadequate in Syria. Kerry said that all war planes over Syria should be grounded, to prevent Syria from accomplishing what it so generally does in the accomplished — to ambition civilians. Is there any achievement larboard for Syria?UN chief: A accomplish or breach moment Speaking afore Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the United States had not done abundant to rein in Syrian rebels beneath its influence, abacus that Syrian government troop withdrawals had not been akin with insubordinate retreats.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon alleged for the armistice to be adequate to accredit altruistic abatement to be delivered. We are at a accomplish or breach moment, he said. Abandon returnsFollowing canicule of about calm with the ceasefire, baleful abandon already afresh plagues Syria.About 20 bodies were dead in Monday night s baleful bang on the aid accompany in Urum al-Kubra that prompted the United Nations to arrest its aid operations in Syria.The advance came two canicule afterwards warplanes from the US-led affiliation afield dead dozens of Syrian government troops in a bang advised to ambition ISIS. In the latest violence, four medical workers were dead Tuesday night in an airstrike on a ability southwest of Aleppo, according to a abatement organization.The advance occurred at a medical ability in Khan Touman, a apple in Aleppo arena abreast Urum al-Kubra, according to Zedoun Alzoubi, CEO of the Paris-based All-embracing Union of Medical Care and Abatement Organizations, which runs the facility.Nine patients at the ability were killed, Alzoubi said, abacus he did not apperceive whether they were civilians or fighters. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights appear that the nine patients were insubordinate fighters.Alzoubi said he believed the airstrike carefully targeted the medical ability — a allegation that has again been collapsed at the Syrian aggressive and their Russian allies throughout the conflict.ISIS shoots bottomward Syrian warplaneIn added violence, a Syrian warplane was attempt bottomward Wednesday during a activity mission adjoin ISIS in the eastern Qalamoun breadth abreast the capital, Damascus, but the pilot was rescued, Syrian accompaniment media reported, commendation a aggressive source. The alarm accumulation claimed albatross for downing the jet in a account from the ISIS-affiliated Amaq account agency.On Sunday, ISIS attempt bottomward addition Syrian jet in the eastern arena of Deir Ezzor.US: Russia to accusation for aid accompany assaultThe United States has accomplished the basic cessation that Russian warplanes austere the aid convoy, US admiral accept told , and say that Russia is responsible, whether it was Russian planes — or the Syrian regime s — that struck.US blames Russia for Syria accompany attack; Moscow credibility to terroristsRussia denies it was amenable and says that terrorists agitated out the attack, adage that assay of bombinate footage of the bang showed that militants were after the convoy.Syria acerb denies its armament were abaft the attack.The UN s altruistic office, OCHA, is accessible to resume altruistic convoys in Syria, said agent Jens Laerke. The alertness for these convoys has now resumed and we are accessible to bear aid to besieged and hard-to-reach areas as anon as possible, OCHA said in a statement.UN arch calls accompany attackers in Syria cowards What about the ceasefire?Monday night s advance came aloof hours afterwards Syrian authorities declared an end to the brittle ceasefire, which began September 12.Soon afterward, Syrian warplanes resumed airstrikes in Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.While the abandon appears to accept larboard the hard-fought armistice in accident — US admiral said they accept the acceding is still in place.Ben Rhodes, agent civic aegis adviser, said the US alternative is to abide with the armistice effort, paving the way for added cooperation amid the Russian and US militaries in Syria, but that Moscow s accomplishments could anticipate added coordination. We accept not apparent acceptable faith. This was an abandoned action, Rhodes told s Michelle Kosinski. It raises austere questions about whether or not this acceding moves forward. s Matthew Chance, Hilary Krieger, Richard Roth, Elwyn Lopez, Barbara Starr, Elise Labott, Joshua Berlinger and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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