Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin speaks during a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York September 2, 2015. Credit: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Russian UN Envoy Dies Suddenly in New York

Russian UN envoy Vitaly Churkin was regarded highly by President Vladimir Putin and was always a pugnacious defender of Russian policy, notably its intensive bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo last year to crush rebels opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.