A Russian sailor’s online selfie may have just given away the position of one of the world’s most powerful battlecruisers, according to journalist Hans de Vreij’s analysis.
The sailor’s selfie reportedly puts Russian ship Pyotr Velikiy off the coast of Crete in the Mediterraenean sea. Russia is likely building up its naval aresenal in the Mediterranean Sea to begin major aerial operations on the Syrian city of Aleppo. The Velikiy reportedly carries cruise missiles similar to those used by Russia in the past to strike Syria.
“Russia is preparing to escalate its military operations in Syria in order to tout its standing as a great power, reinforce its claims to be a credible partner against violent extremism, and reinvigorate domestic support for its continued participation in the Syrian Civil War,” The Institute for the Study Of War (ISW) warned Friday.
ISW continued that the arrival of Russia’s only aircraft carrier along with “accompanying fleet of cruise missile-equipped submarines and frigates signals Russia’s likely intent to conduct a new wave of strikes against strategically significant targets in Syria.”
Russia is supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, and has been assisting Assad by indiscriminately bombing rebel-held areas of Aleppo for months.
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