EU says Russian assault on Aleppo may be war crime

More than 300,000 people have been killed since Syria's conflict erupted in March 2011The European Union on Monday strongly condemned Russia for the bombardment of the Syrian city of Aleppo, saying devastating air strikes by Moscow and Damascus could amount to war crimes. EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg also warned that the 28-nation bloc could impose additional sanctions against Damascus but decided against targeting Russia despite US and British calls to punish Moscow as well. As if on cue to steal the diplomatic headlines, Moscow announced it would call an eight-hour halt to hostilities on Thursday — the very day that EU leaders are due to discuss Russia at a summit in Brussels.

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