The US and Russia exchanged diplomatic jabs on Sunday night and into Monday over the Russia-backed Syrian government’s latest scorched-earth offensive on rebel holdouts in the country’s largest city.

“What Russia is sponsoring and doing is not counterterrorism, it is barbarism,” Samantha Power, US ambassador to the United Nations, told member nations at a UN Security Council meeting on Sunday.

“Instead of pursuing peace, Russia and [Syrian President Bashar] Assad make war. Instead of helping get life-saving aid to civilians, Russia and Assad are bombing the humanitarian convoys, hospitals, and first responders who are trying desperately to keep people alive.”

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