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Russian military blast occurred during tests on a new nuclear-powered missile

A mysterious Russian military explosion in which five Russian scientists died last week happened during tests on a new nuclear-powered rocket.

Experts worked on & # 39; a nuclear isotope power source & # 39; for the weapon when the explosion took place at the Nyonoksa facility in northwestern Russia, officials say.

Moscow has since admitted that there were two – not one as previously announced – peaks in background radiation near the city of Severodvinsk as a result of the accident.

It comes when thousands of people attended the funerals of five Russian nuclear engineers killed by the explosion. The engineers, who died on Thursday, were resting on Monday in the city of Sarov, which houses Russia's most important nuclear weapons research center.

The Department of Defense initially said the explosion at the Navy's test range killed two people and injured another six, but the state-controlled nuclear concern Rosatom later acknowledged that the explosion also killed five of its employees and three injured others.

A mysterious Russian military explosion in which five Russian scientists died last week happened during tests on a new nuclear-powered rocket. Officials saw protective clothing when they were carrying victims last week (photo)

A mysterious Russian military explosion in which five Russian scientists died last week happened during tests on a new nuclear-powered rocket. Officials saw protective clothing when they were carrying victims last week (photo)

Vyacheslav Lipshev, 40, was one of the experts killed in the blast. His widow Natalia Alexeeva, 40, placed a tribute: & I love you my dear, how shall I live without you? You are my everything. & # 39;

Vyacheslav Lipshev, 40, was one of the experts killed in the blast. His widow Natalia Alexeeva, 40, placed a tribute: & I love you my dear, how shall I live without you? You are my everything. & # 39;

Vyacheslav Lipshev, 40, was one of the experts killed in the blast. His widow Natalia Alexeeva, 40, placed a tribute: & I love you my dear, how shall I live without you? You are my everything. & # 39;

Software and hardware specialist Alexey Vyushin, 43, who had developed a high-energy photon spectrometer, was also killed

Software and hardware specialist Alexey Vyushin, 43, who had developed a high-energy photon spectrometer, was also killed

Another killed was Vyasheslav Yanovsky, 71, one of Russia's foremost nuclear scientists, deputy head of research and testing at the institute

Another killed was Vyasheslav Yanovsky, 71, one of Russia's foremost nuclear scientists, deputy head of research and testing at the institute

Software and hardware specialist Alexey Vyushin (left), 43, and Vyasheslav Yanovsky (right), 71, were both killed

One of the dead was Evgeny Korotaev, 50, a prominent electronics engineer and also a popular DJ, whose second wife gave birth to twin girls only seven months ago.

One of the dead was Evgeny Korotaev, 50, a prominent electronics engineer and also a popular DJ, whose second wife gave birth to twin girls only seven months ago.

One of the dead was Evgeny Korotaev, 50, a prominent electronics engineer and also a popular DJ, whose second wife gave birth to twin girls only seven months ago.

Today photos & # 39; s came forward from the five & # 39; elite & # 39; scientists – the so-called & # 39; national heroes & # 39 ;.

Two of the men were blown into the sea in the top-secret weapon test zone in the White Sea.

Their bodies were initially lost, but were later found and funerals for all those who were killed had to be held in a highly secret closed nuclear research town of Sarov from which foreigners are banned.

According to one version, the disturbing rocket accident occurred when scientists were working on the nuclear engine of the deadly Burevestnik cruise missile with the & # 39; unlimited range & # 39 ;, nicknamed the & # 39; Flying Chernobyl & # 39 ;, when it exploded.

One of the dead was Evgeny Korotaev, 50, a prominent electronics engineer and also a popular DJ, whose second wife gave birth to twin girls only seven months ago.

Like the other dead, he worked for the classified Institute of Experimental Physics in Sarov, 235 miles east of Moscow, in the Soviet era known as Arzamas-16.

His daughter from the first marriage, Oksana, 26, posted a children's photo of her with her father and the caption: & # 39; Dad, I love you so much. & # 39;

Experts worked on & # 39; a nuclear isotope power source & # 39; for the weapon when the explosion took place at the Nyonoksa facility in northwestern Russia, officials say.

Experts worked on & # 39; a nuclear isotope power source & # 39; for the weapon when the explosion took place at the Nyonoksa facility in northwestern Russia, officials say.

Experts worked on & # 39; a nuclear isotope power source & # 39; for the weapon when the explosion took place at the Nyonoksa facility in northwestern Russia, officials say.

Sergey Pichugin, 45, a test engineer, was also killed. He is depicted with wife ElenaKoro

Sergey Pichugin, 45, a test engineer, was also killed. He is depicted with wife ElenaKoro

Sergey Pichugin, 45, a test engineer, was also killed. He is depicted with wife ElenaKoro

Korotaev & # 39; s daughter from the first marriage, Oksana, 26, posted a photo of her with her father and the caption: & # 39; Dad, I love you so much. & # 39;

Korotaev & # 39; s daughter from the first marriage, Oksana, 26, posted a photo of her with her father and the caption: & # 39; Dad, I love you so much. & # 39;

Korotaev & # 39; s daughter from the first marriage, Oksana, 26, posted a photo of her with her father and the caption: & # 39; Dad, I love you so much. & # 39;

Oksana Korataeva (photo) is the oldest daughter of Evgney Korataev, who died in the explosion

Oksana Korataeva (photo) is the oldest daughter of Evgney Korataev, who died in the explosion

Oksana Korataeva (photo) is the oldest daughter of Evgney Korataev, who died in the explosion

She only recently gave birth to his grandchild.

Another killed was Vyasheslav Yanovsky, 71, one of Russia's foremost nuclear scientists, deputy head of research and testing at the institute.

He was a & # 39; honored employee & # 39; from the Moscow nuclear industry and died alongside Vyacheslav Lipshev, 40, head of the institute's research and development team.

Lipishev & # 39; s widow Natalia Alexeeva, 40, paid tribute: & # 39; I love you my love, how shall I live without you? You are my everything. & # 39;

Software and hardware specialist Alexey Vyushin, 43, who had developed an energy-rich photon spectrometer, and Sergey Pichugin, 45, a test engineer, were also killed.

They are all expected to be honored posthumously by Vladimir Putin.

Valentin Kostyukov, director of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, acknowledged the disaster late, but called the lost men & # 39; national heroes & # 39 ;.

Previously, Russia had only admitted one.

Deputy Head of Vyacheslav Solovyev Nuclear Center admitted that the scientists were killed by an explosion in a small nuclear reactor, part of the rocket engine

Deputy Head of Vyacheslav Solovyev Nuclear Center admitted that the scientists were killed by an explosion in a small nuclear reactor, part of the rocket engine

Deputy Head of Vyacheslav Solovyev Nuclear Center admitted that the scientists were killed by an explosion in a small nuclear reactor, part of the rocket engine

Alexander Chernyshov, deputy scientific director of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, admitted that there had been two radiation spikes in the aftermath of the accident

Alexander Chernyshov, deputy scientific director of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, admitted that there had been two radiation spikes in the aftermath of the accident

Alexander Chernyshov, deputy scientific director of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, admitted that there had been two radiation spikes in the aftermath of the accident

& # 39; The tragedy happened, the explosion cost the lives of five our friends and another three have been hospitalized & he said.

The lives of the three were & # 39; not in danger & # 39 ;, he said.

& # 39; The death of our employees is the bitter loss for our institute and for the state-owned company Rosatom.

& # 39; The testers involved are of course the national heroes and we have always believed that they are the elite of the federal nuclear center. & # 39;

He said that preparations for the extremely secret task in the White Sea had been going on for a year.

& # 39; But unfortunately the situation developed in a non-standard way and now a state commission is working on investigating the reasons & # 39 ;, he said.

Alexander Chernyshov, deputy scientific director of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center, admitted that there had been two radiation spikes in the aftermath of the accident.

The Nyonoska test site, pictured above, is said to be the location of trials for Putin's new Zircon rocket

The Nyonoska test site, pictured above, is said to be the location of trials for Putin's new Zircon rocket

The Nyonoska test site, pictured above, is said to be the location of trials for Putin's new Zircon rocket

& # 39; Our people have found through direct measurements that there was really – twice – an increase in background radiation, & he said.

& # 39; It took no more than an hour. Our experts have not found any remaining radioactive pollution. & # 39;

Deputy Head of Vyacheslav Solovyev Nuclear Center admitted that the scientists were killed by an explosion in a small nuclear reactor, part of the rocket engine.

This & # 39; energy source & # 39; contains radioactive nuclear fuel and he insisted that the US be engaged in similar military developments.

& # 39; We are now trying to find out (what went wrong), working closely with the State Commission and analyzing the whole series of events to assess the extent of the accident, & # 39; he said.

The aim was to understand & # 39; its causes to exclude the possibility of such accidents in the future & # 39 ;.

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