Syrian patriots in Hamah work on a bizarre balloon-bomb design which they hope will inhibit putin's helicopter crews

Floating a small explosive device on a small balloon seems an extremely unlikely method of defence, but clearly it has been decided by the Saudis and Turks that the patriots will not be allowed to defend themselves from Putin's terror raiders with MANPADs

Three hundred and fifty residents of Aleppo are estimated to have been killed by the Russians, as the attempt to empty the liberated areas of Syria into Turkey and Europe continues.

As in the 1930s, no-one seems willing to confront a dangerously unstable despot, until it becomes inevitable.

Russia's collapsing, corruption ridden economy will only drive the Moscow gangsters into more extreme acts going forward.