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Putin blames Syrian 'extremist forces' for ceasefire failure

Mar 01, 2018 - CNN

(CNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin is blaming "extremist forces" for the failure of a daily five-hour "humanitarian pause" he'd ordered for the Syrian rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta earlier this week.

The United Nations Security Council and, separately, the Russian leader, had issued calls for a pause in fighting to allow civilians to leave. The UN also wanted to send urgent medical and food supplies into the besieged area.

Both calls were ignored and rebel fighters h...