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Replying to @Conflicts
Maybe I shouldn't speculate with so little data, but considering the MoD calls the submersible 'a research vessel' and the number of casualties is so large it seems likely the vessel is a Project 10831 nuclear (!) submarine nicknamed Losharik.
It's 60+ m long and has a crew of 25
A fair amount of the public information about the submarine are reconstructions and speculations due to secrecy, one of the best sources in English being www.hisutton.com... … by @CovertShores and in Russian militaryrussia.ru... … by @DnKornev (4/x)
RBC sources confirm that it is a Losharik indeed
Russian Navy HQ in Severomorsk reports that the radioactivity level in Severomorsk is normal. According to Mash, only one victim of the incident died during the fire itself, while the rest died on their way to hospital or at the hospital, all due to toxic fume poisoning (5/x)
and now some confusing reports that it may have not actually be Losharik but its host after all.
Two sources at the Northern Fleet interviewed by Open Media claim that the fire actually happened not at the small research nuclear sub nicknamed Losharik, but at its host, a larger nuclear sub. One of the sources specified that it's BS-64 Podmoskovye openmedia.io... … (6/)
First public statement by Putin about the deadly incident on the Northern Fleet: 7 officers out of 14 dead were "captains 1st rank" (Russian equivalent to NATO OF-5/US O-6 captain rank), 2 were Heroes of Russia. Crème de la crème of the Russian Navy (9/x)
— Ilya.A—Petya.A's bro (@ain92ru) July 2, 2019
Vladimir Putin: Mr Shoigu, this is an unusual vessel. We both know that this is a research vessel with a highly professional crew. From your preliminary reports, of the 14 killed, seven were captains and two were Heroes of Russia. This is a huge loss for the fleet and the military in general.