There isn’t much optimism around the Syrian peace talks set to begin in Geneva next week. First, the key players (Russia and the U.S.) can’t even agree on who should be invited. And second, the Russian airstrikes in Syria have given Bashar al-Assad the upper-hand.

+ And the victims of the latest geopolitical moves are, once again, innocent civilians. BuzzFeed’s Borzou Daragahi talks to victims of Russia’s campaign.