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Russia Suspends Aleppo Bombing Amid Growing Sanctions Threat

  • Russia plans eight-hour window on Thursday for evacuation
  • Rebels also asked to exit beseiged city, promised safe passage
Bomb damage in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Photgorapher: Thaer Mohammed/AFP via Getty Images
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Russia announced a temporary suspension of the bombing of Aleppo, calling for civilians and rebels to leave the besieged city after a flareup in tension between the Kremlin and its western rivals.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russian and Syrian air forces stopped strikes on the northern city, where 250,000 residents are trapped in rebel-held eastern neighborhoods, at 10 a.m. Damascus time on Tuesday, according to an e-mailed statement. The announcement, opening the way to a humanitarian pause planned for Thursday, came a day before a meeting in Berlin between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterparts from France, Germany and Ukraine to discuss efforts to resolve the war in eastern Ukraine.