>> A neighborhood in ruins, this is what remains of the Owaija in the Syrian city of Aleppo. It's the latest district to be retaken by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. They've gradually been advancing, fighting to bring the entire city back under government control. It's part of an offensive that began after the collapse of a cease fire last month.
The rebel held east of the city has come under the heaviest bombardments of the war, with hundreds killed. But strong condemnation from the west has done little to stop Russian backed airstrikes. Moscow blocked a UN Security Council resolution on Saturday that would have ended military flights over Aleppo.
The French draft would have also allowed humanitarian aid to be delivered through out Syria. Other members of the Security Council clearly frustrated at the Russian votes.>> Today, was the time for Council to act, to learn the lessons of the recent past. We failed to do that because one of us, perversely, the President of the United Nations Security Council, is intent on allowing the killing to continue, and indeed, participating in carrying it out.
It is grotesque.>> Russia's been backing a year-long campaign against Syrian rebels, that help's been crucial in turning the tide clearly in Assad's favor.