Both Russia and the Syrian rebels says a ceasefirehas been agreed in war-ravaged city of Aleppo.
The deal came as advancing Syrian governmentsoldiers appeared poised to capture a rebel-held area in the east of the city.
There are conflicting reports about what thetruce agreement entails.
Kim Mok-yeon reports.
Russia's ambassador to the UN on Tuesday toldthe world body that military activities in east Aleppo have ended and the Assad regimehas re-established control over all areas previously held by rebels.
2271"The military activities in east Aleppo have stopped.
So there is no question about some sort ofcessation of hostilities or special humanitarian operations.
The Syrian government has established controlover east Aleppo.
" Churkin's announcement came during a meetingof the UN Security Council as he corrected his previous remarks stating the offensivewas nearing an end.
He said an agreement had been struck for rebelsto evacuate the north-western part of the city, adding that civilians would be unharmedand that they could either choose to stay or to leave.
However, as reports of new atrocities emerged,the U.
ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, said the Syrian government, Russia and Iranmust take responsibility for the killing of scores of innocent civilians.
Churkin denied such incidents had taken place.
He added that the facts could be confirmedby the Red Cross and other humanitarian agencies currently in the region.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.