U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that discussions for a Syria ceasefire are underway but whether or not a resolution can be found may not be clear for a few days.
Speaking on the same day that it was revealed some 15,000 Syrians has gathered at the Turkish border in an effort to flee fresh violence in Aleppo, Kerry said it would soon become clear if Russia were serious about agreeing to a ceasefire.
He said: "The modalities of a ceasefire itself are also being discussed and the Russians have made some constructive ideas about how a ceasefire in fact could be implemented.
"But if it's just talks for the sake of talks in order to continue the bombing, nobody is going to accept that, and we will know that in the course of the next days."
Aid agencies have been urging Turkey to let the thousands of Syrian's fleeing fresh violence in Aleppo cross the border to safety, after reports that the border has been closed.
It comes as video emerged of crowds of Syrians walking towards a key crossing point between the two countries in an attempt to reach safety:
Rights group Amnesty International called on the nation to let people in and U.S. aid agency Mercy Corps warned the situation could escalate.
David Evans, Mercy Corps' Middle East program director, told Reuters: "It feels like a siege of Aleppo is about to begin".
Thousands of Syrians have fled to the Turkish border as the city of Aleppo came under fresh attack from a Russian assault.
As many as 15,000 people have gathered at the Bab al-Salam border crossing, carrying their belongings on their backs, as they sought refuge from the fighting.
Aleppo's mass exodus came as the UK's mission to the UN claimed Russia had completed at least 320 strikes north-west of the city while international Syrian peace talks were taking place.
A missile attack on a rebel-held area of the Syrian city of Aleppo has killed at least ten people, and wounded up to 50 people.
Women and children were among those killed in the attack on the Maghayer neighbourhood of the city.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said surface-to-surface missile also destroyed several houses in the area.
The transition to the new year is a moment for reflection as well as celebration in the Syrian city of Aleppo where scores of lives have been lost in the country's long-running civil war.
In one part of the city. activists spelled out of the digits '2015' with candles, illuminating photographs of some of the many war casualties.
Elsewhere, an anti-government solider daubed the words 'happy new year' onto a wall underneath what could be a vase of flowers or a falling bomb.
What shopkeepers are left were preparing for celebrations to welcome in the new year.
The battle-scarred streets of Aleppo were the extraordinary backdrop to a running race in Syria yesterday.
Several runners took part in the race across the rebel-held parts of the war-torn Syrian city.
Aleppo is Syria's largest city and has been ravaged by over two years of fighting during the bloody civil war.
The race took place on 2nd December and the winner, Ahmad Sobhe, was presented with a trophy when he crossed the finished line.
An ambulance driver has taken it upon himself to feed scores of cats abandoned by their owners in a war-torn part of Syria.
Alaa spends around £2.50 on meat each day to feed a small army of hungry strays - an act of kindness he has kept up for the past two months.
Many of the cats in the district of Masaken Hanano in Aleppo face the risk of starvation after residents fled heavy shelling by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
Alaa believes around 150 cats rely on his daily rounds.
Newborns freezing to death in hospital incubators, patients opting to be knocked out with metal bars for lack of anesthesia, surging cases of polio.
A new report published by charity Save the Children paints a dire picture of Syria's collapsing healthcare system.
The report, issued by charity Save the Children, said some 60 percent of Syria's hospitals have been damaged or destroyed since the start of the three-year-old conflict and nearly half of its doctors have fled the country.
In Aleppo, one of the worst-hit cities, only 36 of its 2,500 doctors remain.
The report says increasing numbers of children are suffering and dying from diseases that would have been previously treated or prevented.
Up to 80,000 children across the Syria have contracted polio, even though the illness was eradicated across Syria in 1995.
Over 140,000 people have died in the war, which started as a peaceful protest movement against President Bashar al-Assad and degenerated into civil conflict.