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is footage showing the flagship of Russia's naval might, the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, and now it's on the move. A senior native diplomat on Wednesday, saying the warship, along with Russia's northern fleet, is sailing south for Syria, in Moscow's biggest naval deployment since the Cold War.
The Kuznetsov, carrying fighter bombers that will likely reinforce a final assault on the besieged city of Aleppo, where rebel fighters are holding out against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Ashad, backed by Russian war planes and artillery. The naval maneuver, the latest move by Moscow to catch Western observers off guard.
Reuters foreign affairs correspondent Yara Bayoumy.>> There were very early on, a lot of expectations in many US government quarters that this was just going to be Russia in a quagmire, and Russia actually cannot sustain this level of resources in a war in Syria. The Americans were saying that a year ago, and we see Russia not just keeping up the momentum in Syria, but right now, even escalating it very, very dramatically.
>> The civilian carnage inflicted in Syria's largest city, the cause of much hand-wringing and outrage in the West, but so far little action. Russia's naval deployment Wednesday coming as senior US and Russian officials met in Geneva in an effort to carve out a ceasefire agreement. While the talks appear to have made little progress, Russia said it would extend what it calls a quote, humanitarian pause in its airstrikes on Aleppo.
Yet, its fleet continues to sail south carrying it's deadly ordinates. The NATO diplomat predicting that in two weeks the world would see quote, a crescendo of air attacks on Aleppo as part of Russia's strategy to declare victory there.