The Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin who holds the presidency of the 15-member UNSC said on Saturday "today we are participating in one of the most freaky scenes in the history of the UN Security Council". "What is at stake today is first and foremost the fate of Aleppo and its people", France's Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told the council, urging it to take "immediate action in order to save" the city.
The Damascus daily newspaper Al-Watan, which is close to the government, said the latest advance is aiming to clear the way for "a crucial and decisive land offensive".
The Observatory said 290 civilians have died in artillery bombardment of eastern districts and 50 civilians have died in rebel bombardment of regime-controlled western districts in the past two weeks.
The votes reflects the deep divide in the UN's most powerful body which is charged with ensuring global peace and security but has totally failed to take action to end the more than five-year Syrian conflict which has killed over 300,000 people and displaced millions.
It was the fifth time that Moscow used its veto to block United Nations action to end the five-year war in Syria, which has claimed 300,000 lives.
Russian Federation says that Washington's increasing hostility towards Moscow is threatening the country's national security.
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During heated exchanges in the security council meeting on Saturday, Matthew Rycroft, the United Kingdom ambassador to the UN, said: "This council can not stand by while such misery is meted out on the people of Aleppo".
Following the meeting, his Russian counterpart Vitaly Churkin insisted that diplomatic efforts on Syria were not dead.
He made the comments in an interview with Russia's Channel One to be aired in full later Sunday. Putin is scheduled to open a Russian orthodox centre in the French capital.
Russian Federation says the United States is trying to shift blame onto Russian Federation, which in recent days had tried to sustain the agreement.
"While it wasn't implement - while we think it could have been - I'd like to reassure you that very complicated multilateral and bilateral work is ongoing and we do continue to hope that the situation in Syria will go back to normal and this would have a most beneficial effect on the situation in eastern Aleppo and we hope that happens as quickly as possible", he said. "Some estimates put it at 15 to 20 percent", he said.
That dipped to 22 percent in the second quarter, and 17 percent in the third quarter, the report said.