By Michelle Nichols and Yara Bayoumy UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States on Sunday called Russia's action in Syria "barbarism" not counter-terrorism while Moscow's U.N. envoy said ending the war "is almost an impossible task now" as Syrian government forces, backed by Moscow, bombed the city of Aleppo. The United Nations Security Council met on Sunday at the request of the United States, Britain and France to discuss the escalation of fighting in Aleppo following the announcement on Thursday of an offensive by the Syrian army to retake the city.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia's U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council on Sunday that peace in Syria was "almost an impossible task now." Russia and the United States, who back opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, have been trying to salvage a ceasefire deal that effectively collapsed after an aid convoy was hit last week. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols and Yara Bayoumy; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Bill Trott)