Russia Continues Bombing Syria Despite Truce

13/02/2016 5:42 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Major powers have agreed to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with its relentless bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who has vowed to fight on until he regains full control of the country.

Although billed as a potential breakthrough, the 'cessation of hostilities' agreement does not take effect for a week, at a time when Assad's government is poised to win its biggest victory of the war with the backing of Russian air power.

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