Ukraine peace talks in Berlin have produced very little in the way of actual results. Is there any way forward, and what is the situation on the ground? DW spoke to Alexander Hug, the OSCE's deputy chief monitor to Ukraine.
The UN Security Council has delayed a vote on a possible 30-day truce in Syria to Saturday. Russia, the Syrian government's main backer, has said it is prepared to support such a deal given the right conditions.
Many UN Security Council members have been pushing for a quick deal to temporarily halt fighting in the country. Hundreds have died this week in what a UN official called a predictable and preventable disaster.
Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said Sweden will provide troops only if both Russia and the West agree. Western officials are considering deploying a force led by non-NATO nations in eastern Ukraine.
The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to approve a 30-day humanitarian ceasefire in Syria. Shortly after the vote, reports suggested that warplanes had once again struck the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta.
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