Amnesty International has told Sky News that Russia is guilty of some the most “egregious” war crimes it has seen in decades.
The human rights organisation claims Moscow’s warplanes have been deliberately targeting civilians and rescue workers in Syria over the last week.
Tirana Hassan, director of Amnesty’s crisis response programme, said the attacks are ongoing – with strikes documented on schools, hospitals and civilian homes.
She claimed the bombing of civilian targets by Russian and Syrian forces was in itself a war crime, but warned there have been consistent reports of second bombardments which injure and kill humanitarian workers and civilians attempting to evacuate the wounded and the dead.
The Kremlin denies it has been hitting civilian areas and insists it is dropping bombs only on terrorist targets.