Russian Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft-carrying cruiser has begun combat operations in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said.
"Today, we started a major operation to launch massive strikes on ISIL and al-Nusra Front targets in the Idlib and Homs provinces," Shoigu said at Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting with the ministry’s leadership and defense enterprises.
"The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrying cruiser began taking part in operations for the first time in the history the Russian Navy. Our Su-33 aircraft began working from this cruiser today. Before this, we carried out very careful, thorough reconnaissance of all targets," Sputnik cited Shoigu as saying.
According to the minister, the main targets include ammunition depots as well as plants producing weapons.