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Russia starts helping citizens leave Syria

Move suggests shift in relations with Assad

MASNAA, Lebanon — Russia, a key Syrian ally, began evacuating its citizens from Syria on Tuesday as the civil war gathered momentum in the capital Damascus with intense fighting around the international airport.

The evacuation was the strongest sign yet of Moscow’s waning confidence in the ability of its ally President Bashar Assad to hold onto power. The UN chief said Tuesday that a diplomatic conclusion to the war seems unlikely.

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