14 crew killed in fire on Russian submersible

Submarines in the Russian town of Severomorsk

According to him, the nuclear power plant in the submersible completely isolated and deserted.

President Vladimir Putin, who summoned Shoigu on Tuesday to report on the fire, said in televised comments that seven of the dead had the rank of captain and two were awarded the nation's highest medal, the Hero of Russian Federation. But Russian state media reports over the years have allowed navy enthusiasts to build up a picture over years.

The crew members died from carbon monoxide poisoning during the incident on Monday, the Ministry said in a statement cited by Efe news.

There were conflicting reports Wednesday on whether the fire had occurred on the Losharik itself and authorities offered no clarity on what had happened.

A fire on a Russian submarine has killed 14 crew members, the country's Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News.

Locals in Severomorsk and nearby Murmansk told DW that they, too, were getting their information about the incident from the media.

Also Shoigu reported to Putin that the fire-damaged deep-water apparatus of the Navy be restored.

The submarine carried a crew of 25 people. There are very few photos of the AS-12.

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Losharik is named after a Soviet-era cartoon horse made up of small spheres - a reference to the design of the submarine's interior hull, reportedly made of a chain of titanium spheres capable of withstanding huge pressure at great depths.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) reported that a Losharik vessel guided two Russian icebreakers, which drilled boreholes and collected seabed rock on the Mendeleev Ridge, meant to prove that the Russian continental shelf extends far under the Arctic Ocean.

A report by the Drive drew attention to the fact that the official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star), attached a hitherto unseen drawing of the newly developed Belgorod submarine, a version of the Oscar II-class submarine, to a report on the submarine disaster. About the cause of the fire no information. Shoigu is leading an investigation into an explosion on board a Russian navy research vessel.

And Norway's radiation authority revealed that Russian Federation had informed it that there had been a gas explosion on-board the sub - a claim swiftly denied by Moscow.

Putin described the stricken vessel as "an unusual submarine" and said seven of those killed were high-ranking naval officers.

Experts such as Mr Polmar believe the submarine is of utmost strategic importance to Russia's military. It is unknown how many were on board the submarine. "The public doesn't have to know about the newest Russian arms developments or about what task [the vessel] was carrying out".

Putin said at the G20 summit in Japan at the weekend that Russian and United States foreign ministers would begin talks over extending New START even though it was not clear whether they would be successful.

In fact, Baranets argued that the military has shown unprecedented openness in the case of this submarine fire.

The Russian military has never released a photograph of the Losharik but dozens of diagrams and artist's impressions purporting to be of the model can be found on amateur and commercial military websites.

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