MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Monday, militants rejected Damascus' written ultimatum and refused to leave Aleppo despite the threat of high-precision attacks by the government forces.
The new coalition dubbed "Governing Council of Aleppo" includes the Jabhat Fatah al Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra) jihadist group, outlawed in Russia, Al Jazeera broadcaster reported.
Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Ministry said that neither Russia's Aerospace Forces nor Syria's Air Force had conducted attacks on Aleppo over the past 28 days.
Syria's civil war between government forces and opposition has been ongoing for over five years and has given rise to a number of terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, both of which are outlawed in a number of countries, including Russia. Aleppo became the focus of the fighting when joint US-Russian mediation efforts collapsed in September and both sides resumed fighting.