Russian President Valdimir Putin has ordered the creation of humanitarian corridor in Syria's Eastern Ghouta enclave. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said location details would be released soon.
The rebel-held area has been under intense bombardment by Syrian government forces for over a week.
At the weekend, the United Nations security council voted unanimously for the implementation of a month-long ceasefire to begin "without delay".
The violence has continued unabated, however, with tens of civilians reported killed since then, and onlookers frustrated by the UN's inability to back-up its resolution.
Syrian President Assad's regime is backed by the Russians, who therefore have the power to enforce the ceasefire, which it is hoped will offer a brief period of respite to civilians between 9 am and 2pm each day.