December 13th, 2016
Russia has announced that the Syrian government’s military operations to free the city of Aleppo have come to an end.
“Over the last hour we have received information that the military activities in east Aleppo have stopped, it has stopped,” said Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin during a UN Security Council meeting.
“The Syrian government has established control over east Aleppo, so the stage of practical humanitarian actions begins,” he added.
He noted that the militants within the city will start to leave “within hours” and that there is no need for civilians to leave their homes.
“This very difficult chapter related to the situation in eastern Aleppo has ended,” he said. “Let’s hope that this, indeed, will be a pre-condition for establishing the political efforts, re-launching of negotiations,” he added.