Russia says the Syrian city of Raqqa has inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, suggesting that Western countries, led by the United States, have destroyed the city.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it looked like the West was now rushing to provide financial aid to Raqqa in order to cover up evidence of its own atrocities.

According to Major-General Igor Konashenkov, chief spokesman for the Defence Ministry, some 200,000 people had lived in Raqqa before the start of the Syrian conflict but no more than 45,000 people remained.

“Raqqa has inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, wiped off the face of the Earth by Anglo-American bombardments,” he said.

It came after U.S.-backed militias in Syria declared victory over ISIS in Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital.

The general also complained that numerous Russian requests for the West to give humanitarian aid to Syrian people in other areas of the war-torn country had been rejected in previous years.

“What is behind the rush by western capitals to provide targeted financial help only to Raqqa?” he asked.

“There’s only one explanation – the desire to cover up evidence of the barbaric bombardments by the US air force and the coalition as fast as possible and to bury the thousands of civilians ‘liberated’ from Islamic State in the ruins.”