Russian submariners who died in the fire & # 39; sacrificed themselves to save the most secret ship & # 39;
Fourteen Russian sailors who died in a submarine fire locked themselves in with the fire to save the secret sabotage ship, it was claimed.
The men died of suspected smoke inhalation aboard the highly sensitive deep-sea vessel Losharik, described by the Pentagon as a & # 39; sabotage vehicle & # 39; that is able to destroy underwater communication cables.
On Wednesday, identities of the dead appeared, including seven first-class sea captains, at least two of whom had received the Hero of Russia – the country's highest military honor.
This morning the Kremlin said that details of the fire will not be made public because they contain secret information.
& # 39; This information cannot be fully disclosed & # 39 ;, said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. & # 39; It belongs to the state secrets category. & # 39;
Fourteen Russian submariners associated with a secret military unit died when their ship caught fire. Seven of them were first sea captains, including Andrey Voskresensky (left) and Nikolay Filin (right)
Denis Dolonsky (circled), another sea captain of the first rank, was also mentioned among the dead because connoisseurs said the sailors probably locked themselves up with the fire to prevent the submarine from being destroyed
All officers who died were attached to & # 39; top secret & # 39; military unit number 45707, based in Peterhof, the newspaper Kommersant reported.
First rank Captain Denis Dolonsky died in the fire, according to Baza news outlet, citing military sources.
He is listed as coming from a military unit in Peterhof and was the commander of the AS-12 Losharik submarine
He received the Hero of Russia about six years ago for & # 39; Arctic and Antarctic research works & # 39 ;.
Another victim would be Andrey Voskresensky, the son-in-law of the Russian admiral Vladimir Bederdinov.
Bederdinov was head of the training center of the Russian Navy in Sosnovy Bor for 13 years.
A third captain of the first rank who died during the mission was Nikolay Filin.
He has been in the same military unit in Peterhof since 1987 and was a tester of deep-sea military equipment.
He was named hero of Russia in 2018.
Up to five survivors were rescued from the affected ship and taken to hospital in a military hospital in the closed northern fleet of the Severomorsk Arctic Ocean fleet.
& # 39; They were all diagnosed & # 39; smoke poisoning and concussions & # 39 ;, reporter Baza.
Nikolay Filin had received the Hero of Russia, the largest military prize in the country, six years ago (photo). Dolonsky was also the recipient of the prize
The vessel concerned has been identified as the AS-12 Losharik (photo). It is officially designated as a research vessel, but the Pentagon believes that this is a cover for its true purpose as a deep-sea tamper vessel that can destroy underwater cables
The bodies of the dead were taken to the same hospital, it was reported.
Forensic experts now work in the hospital and record the reason for the deaths of the killed submarines.
Moscow is talking about the cause of the fire, but has refused reports of a gas explosion on board.
Friends of Dolonsky have paid tribute to the captain on Russian social media.
One of them was: & # 39; In memory of our friend, commander of the submarine, first rank captain Hero of Russia Denis Dolonsky.
& # 39; We love you, the most loyal, brave and heroic friend, loving and beloved … reliable, kind, true, tender and strong … our friend Denis died. & # 39;
Nikolay Radaev posted on VKontakte, Russia's equivalent of Facebook, saying: & Our good friend and hero of Russia Denis Dolonsky died today … a real man, loving and tender husband, father and son, a man with a capital M .
& # 39; Fourteen people were killed … in the Berents Sea … we remember, we love. & # 39;
A version of the events that emerged on Wednesday was that the submariners have sacrificed their lives to save the submarine, according to Russia's largest newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.
A photo taken on July 2 of a submarine in the port of Severomorsk, where the Losharik was taken after the fire was extinguished. It is not clear whether this is the same submarine
& # 39; Experts assume the crew locked the submarine module where the fire broke to stop the flames and smoke from catching the entire barrel, & # 39; reported it.
The 14 who perished were & # 39; poisoned with smoke & # 39 ;.
The Losharik can fit a maximum of 25 sailors.
It is able to dive up to 6,000 m (19,700 feet) compared to around 600 m for more conventional submarines.
A Russian expert said anonymously: & # 39; It is too early to say anything more about this tragedy.
& # 39; In my opinion, the number of victims says the fire was located by sealing the capsule where the fire started to save the entire substance & # 39 ;.
This would & # 39; quit smoking and continue smoking & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; The second option is that the fire spread like a storm and the crew simply did not have time to do anything, but it is less likely. & # 39;
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The Russian defense ministry denied reports from Norway that the Russians had admitted a gas explosion.
The ministry said: & # 39; Thanks to self-sacrificing actions by the crew, the fire on the underwater vehicle was extinguished.
& # 39; Reports have never been sent to the Norwegian side regarding the Russian deep-sea divers with investigation. & # 39;
The statement came as a reaction to a report from Reuters, in which Per Strand, a director of the Norwegian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Authority, said his agency carried out & # 39; controls and & # 39; has not checked too high radiation levels in the area & # 39; where the accident occurred.
Putin described the fire as & # 39; a big loss to the fleet & # 39; and sent Defense Secretary Sergei Shoigu (right) on the spot, and told him to report directly on the progress of the investigation
Russia only said that the accident happened when the immersion wire in the Russian territorial waters took bathymetric measurements.
& # 39; Fire broke out aboard a deep-water scientific research vessel that was studying the marine environment of the world ocean on behalf of the Russian Navy, & # 39; said the ministry.
It did not explain why there was a delay in announcing the accident that was claimed to occur on Monday.
& # 39; This is a big loss for the fleet, and in general for the army & # 39 ;, said President Vladimir Putin according to TASS.
& # 39; The crew was very professional … out of 14 dead, seven were first-grade captains and two were heroes of Russia. & # 39;
Putin sent Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu to the area of the incident and instructed him to report directly to him on the progress of an investigation into what happened.
Putin acknowledged: & # 39; It's not an ordinary ship, as we know. It is a ship with scientific research, the crew is very professional. & # 39;
Western observers doubt whether the vessel was conducting scientific research.
& # 39; Normally it is a cover for other kind of work being done on the seabed & # 39 ;, like laying cables, a military expert said.
The Losharik – named after a cartoon horse from the Soviet era – was previously involved in explorations to reinforce Putin's claims to the enormous parts of the mineral-rich Arctic seabed.
The small submarine Losharik usually travels with a larger & # 39; mothers & # 39; ship – formerly the Orenburg nuclear submarine.
Some reports say that the Losharik on July 1 is another & # 39; carrier & # 39; had – the more modern submarine of the Podmoskovie core.
Severomorsk closed naval port – where foreigners are denied access – was today described as & # 39; tense & # 39 ;.
Local TV reported that military personnel at the Arctic outpost, where the wreck of the Losharik submersible pump is now moored, had been instructed to sign confidentiality agreements.
A TV21 crew was not allowed to enter the heavily guarded hospital, where it was said that three survivors were being treated.
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