UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Syria's people feel increasingly abandoned by the world as their country's conflict now enters its fifth year.
In a statement released Thursday, he describes the international community as "divided and incapable of taking collective action" in the civil war.
That division is seen in the U.N. Security Council, which has been largely powerless to take strong action because of the threat of a veto from Russia, Syria's ally.
Ban's spokesman told reporters that the U.N. chief is not so much assigning blame but underscoring the world's collective responsibility.
More than 220,000 people have been killed, more than 4 million have fled Syria, and the Islamic State group has seized parts of the country.
Ban warns of the "fearsome prospect of the total collapse" of Syria.