Russia’s General Staff has asked President Vladimir Putin to order the resumption of airstrikes in eastern Aleppo due to the increased activity of militants, the Russian Defense Ministry has said. “Due to the fact that there are still deaths among civilians and that the militants have resumed military activities against government forces, we’ve addressed Russia’s

commander-in-chief, asking permission for the resumption of airstrikes targeting illegal armed groups in eastern Aleppo,” Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, head of operations in the Russian General Staff, said. Earlier on Friday, militants “used the moratorium of Russian and Syrian combat flights” and attempted to break into eastern Aleppo, the General Staff representative said. FULL REPORT