Russian submarine fire takes lives of high-ranking navy officers

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After a deadly fire of a Russian navy submarine, its military has released the names of the 14 people killed in this week’s accident.

On Thursday, July 4, Russian state news agency TASS reports that the Russian Defense Ministry had unveiled earlier in the week that 14 sailors have been killed by a fire onboard a submersible in Russia’s territorial waters on July 1. The tragic accident occurred while the submersible was conducting bathymetric measurements.

According to TASS, there are seven captains 1st rank among them – Denis Dolonsky, Nikolai Filin, Vladimir Abankin, Andrey Voskresensky, Konstantin Ivanov, Denis Oparin and Konstantin Somov.

The victims also included three 2nd-rank captains, the Lieutenant-Colonel of Medical Services and three 3rd rank captains.
Ministry officials stated that the fire was extinguished thanks to the crew’s courageous efforts. Currently, the submarine is docked at the Severomorsk naval base, and the July 1 accident is being investigated.

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