“Those who have ordered them or carried them out are criminally responsible for their actions,” she said.
Those protests have drawn little reaction. The cease-fire collapsed because the jihadi groups controlling Idlib had begun attacks on government-held territory and on Russia’s air base at Hmeimim, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Gennady Gatilov, told reporters in a rare briefing on Friday. “Syrian forces had to retaliate,” he said.
Moreover, Mr. Gatilov said, information from humanitarian organizations included a lot of “fake data.” When Russian military experts examined many of the coordinates the United Nations provided of casualties and facilities supposedly hit by airstrikes and shelling, they did not check out, he said, adding, “They should double check the information they receive.”
Mr. Moumtzis responded to the skepticism, saying, “Five hundred people didn’t die on their own; 400,000 people didn’t run away for no reason.”
The United Nations said it had cited only episodes verified from multiple sources, and had drawn on satellite imagery and date-stamped photographs. Satellite pictures showed 17 villages almost destroyed in the past three months, Mr. Lowcock told the Security Council.
Mr. Gatilov, who previously served as Russia’s deputy foreign minister, said he believed that Geir Pedersen, the United Nations mediator trying to broker talks on a political solution in Syria, was close to clinching an agreement on setting up a constitutional council.
He called it “significant progress” toward finding a political solution to the eight-year conflict.
In the meantime, Mr. Gatilov said, “this fight will continue.”