Syria's deputy foreign minister is currently in Moscow for talks over UN peace plans. And UN envoy Laktar Brahimi will fly to Moscow on Saturday. But for now, there's little sign of peace on the battlefield in Syria.
The UN has for the first time accused Syrian rebel fighters of committing crimes against humanity. The body has also criticized the government's use of siege warfare, and blamed the international community for inaction.
The EU and US have both announced preliminary steps against Russia over the situation in Crimea. Chancellor Angela Merkel said EU economic sanctions could follow within days unless Russia changes tack.
Russia has displayed a letter at the UN Security Council, saying former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych requested Russian military intervention. The US and UK called the maneuvers "a response to an imaginary threat."
After threatening to veto a Western and Arab-backed measure to address the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Russia has presented its own rival resolution. The move comes amid stalled peace talks.
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