Russia on Monday blocked a proposed UN Security Council statement on mass killings in the Syrian village of Treimsa, diplomats said amid worsening deadlock over international action on the conflict. Russian envoys opposed the statement saying it was not clear what had happened, council diplomats told AFP on condition of anonymity. A draft statement had been proposed saying that the attack on the village on Thursday was a Syrian government "violation" of its commitments to UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan not to use heavy weapons. But Russia put a hold on its release.

Dozens of people were killed in Treimsa by President Bashar al-Assad’s troops and pro-government militias, according to Syrian activists. The government has denied involvement. [Link]