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Watch Russian Troops Come Under Fire in Aleppo, on Live TV

The Russian army is on Castello Road in eastern Aleppo, but not everyone got the memo about the cease-fire.

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On Tuesday, Russian troops took up positions on Castello Road in Aleppo, Syria, to ensure the safe passage of humanitarian convoys into the besieged city, as part of the recent cease-fire agreement brokered by Moscow and Washington. The Russian Ministry of Defense figured it was a good moment to highlight the movement with a live briefing from officers on the ground, showing their troops upholding the cessation of hostilities. But things went sideways pretty quickly, likely spelling an end to Moscow’s brief experiment with live shots from the battlefield.

Photo credit: Screengrab via RT

Paul McLeary is Foreign Policy’s senior reporter covering the U.S. Defense Department and national security issues. @paulmcleary

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