Doctors have denounced medical films created by Syria's White Helmets rescue workers showing graphic images of dead and dying children.
The White Helmets, also known as the Syria Civil Defence, is a civilian movement providing first-response aid and rescue support in parts of rebel-controlled Syria.
The group, which has been the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary, has created videos which claim to show life-saving procedures being carried out on children, according to 21st Century Wire.
However doctors in Sweden claim the practices shown are actually life-threatening or indeed fake, and suggest some of the children are already dead.
Dr Leif Elinder is quoted as saying: “After examination of the video material, I found that the measures inflicted upon those children, some of them lifeless, are bizarre, non-medical, non-lifesaving, and even counterproductive in terms of life-saving purposes of children."
Maria Zakharova, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, also slammed the propaganda role of the organisation during a press briefing on Tuesday (March 22), describing her disgust at the suspected use of dying, drugged or dead children as props in films.
Russia continues to play a lead role in the Syrian civil war in support of Bashar al-Assad's regime, which remains in conflict with a number of rebel groups.