When it comes to Syria, Russia has been doing a great deal of diplomatic leg work in recent days, meeting with Iran and Turkey to broker a post-conflict settlement. Today, a top Russian general said Russia was likely to reduce troop numbers in Syria. But the Russians and the Syrian regime also seem in a hurry to change the facts on the ground before the next round of peace talks begins. Ferocious airstrikes have reportedly left over 100 dead in one province in the last week, nine of them today.
This report from our foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Rugman contains images that some viewers may find distressing.