US Close to Ending Syria Cease-Fire Talks With Russia: Kerry

About 400 civilians in Aleppo, Syria, have been killed there in just over a week, Kerry said

Appalled by the continued bombing of a besieged Syrian city, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the United States is on the verge of ending negotiations with Russia over a cease-fire in the nation, NBC News reported.

The announcement comes weeks after the two nations reached a cease-fire agreement that has since been repeatedly breached, and the White House has said it holds Russia responsible as Syria's military launched a new offensive to take the city from rebels.

"The bombing of Aleppo right now is inexcusable," Kerry said at an event in Washington, D.C., adding that roughly 400 civilians in the city have been killed there in the last eight days.

U.S. Ambassador to the the U.N. Samantha Power said Thursday that "what [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad and Russia are doing in Aleppo is soul-shattering."

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