Ukrainian citizens are the ones who suffer while facilitators mediate talks between Kyiv and Moscow. Many doubt a diplomatic solution can be found.
Pro-regime troops have launched a large-scale attack on the rebel-held eastern region of Ghouta, near Damascus. After years under siege, about 400,000 civilians are trapped between between starvation and bombings.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the war in Syria defies all logic. It is driven by cynical rivals who use short-term tactics without pursuing any long-term strategies, says DW’s Kersten Knipp.
The UN has called for a halt to regime attacks on Syria's rebel-held eastern Ghouta ahead of a Security Council session. Germany's Angela Merkel has described the assault as a "massacre."
Ukraine's president and Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the decision to recommit to a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine first agreed in 2015. But the US is reported to be sending lethal weapons to Kyiv.
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