Russia's only carrier presumably failed to reach the Syrian shores on her own.
"Admiral Kuznetsov", a Russian aircraft cruiser sailing to Syria through the Mediterranean Sea, is being towed by a tugboat.
Satellite photos published by DigitalGlobe project showed the ship stopped moving on her own power and emitting dense black smoke somewhere near the Syrian shores.
The carrier is admittedly being towed to Russian support point in the Syrian port of Tartus, where she can be fueled and fixed.
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Russian defence department or navy spokesmen did not comment on the current situation concerning the ship.
Previously, media reported on the poor condition of the only Russian aircraft cruiser used in Russia's Northern Fleet since the late Soviet years. In her home harbour of Severomorsk, "Admiral Kuznetsov" rarely sails to the open sea without a tugboat escort, because of the high possibility of breakage, according to reports. The ship set sail to Syria on October 15, being accompanied by seven other Russian navy vessels including the nuclear-powered battlecruiser "Pyotr Velikiy".
When sailing in the Northern Sea in Europe, "Admiral Kuznetsov" gained huge attention from the world media because of surprising dense black smoke produced when moving. An expert opinion, the smoke, which turned being a social networks meme, was caused by problems with the ship's power unit.
Meanwhile, a Russian missile cruiser "Admiral Grigorovich" set sail to Syria from the port of Sevastopol in the occupied Crimea. As well as the "Admiral Kuznetsov", the cruiser is presumably meant to be engaged in a new fierce offensive against rebel-held Eastern part of the Syrian city of Aleppo.