Jets from Russia’s aircraft carrier set to launch strikes on Syria

Jets from Russia’s flagship aircraft carrier will launch airstrikes from the eastern Mediterranean around the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo within hours, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday.

Warplanes from the Admiral Kuznetsov will target rebels on the outskirts on the city, where they have launched a counter offensive against the Syrian government-controlled western part of the city.

“The attacks are to hit the long-range approaches to the city,” Interfax news agency quoted a a Defense Ministry spokesman as saying.