|Russia’s defense minister says the air force has launched a major operation on the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs, while Syrian activists report the resumption of airstrikes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo for the first time in three weeks. It could signal the start of a new government offensive in the northern city.|
Warplanes are firing missiles and helicopters are dropping barrel bombs on the eastern part of Syria’s largest city.
|The flagship aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has begun combat operations towards the war torn city after reaching Syrian shores last week. |
Intelligence sources previously told how they feared Russian President Vladimir Putin will launch a huge assault on Aleppo while America is distracted with the US election. These fears will be heightened now it has emerged the huge vessel has begun combat operations days after Donald Trump was declared the new US president.
|The ship's Russian type designator is "heavy aircraft-carrying missile cruiser". The cruiser role is facilitated by Admiral Kuznetsov's complement of 12 long-range surface-to-surface anti-ship Granit cruise missiles.|
Admiral Kuznetsov's main fixed-wing aircraft is the Sukhoi Su-33. It can perform air superiority, fleet defence, and air support missions and can also be used for direct fire support of amphibious assault.