Fire breaks out on Russian nuclear submarine

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Russia's Ministry of Defense says 14 sailors were killed when a nuclear-powered submarine caught fire while it was underwater last week.

The vessel was a AS-12 Losharik submarine, Russian media outlet RBC reports, citing anonymous sources.

The AS-12 can reach depths of up to 6,000 meters. Its nuclear reactor is isolated and operates autonomously.

The vessel is carried beneath the hull of the nuclear-powered submarine Orenburg to avoid detection, according to Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

Russian News Agency TASS cited a statement by the Russian Ministry of Defense as saying that the submarine was in Russian territorial waters and was studying the seafloor.

The statement added that the sailors died as a result of inhaling combustion products on the vessel.

The exact cause of the fire is unknown.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin cancelled a planned visit and extended condolences to the family members of the victims, RBC reports.

According to TASS, President Putin ordered a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the submarine fire.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Victims of the submarine fire
2. The inside of the submarine
3. The submarine underneath the hull of a larger submarine
4. The submarine scanning the seafloor

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Russia's Ministry of Defense says 14 sailors were killed when a nuclear-powered submarine caught fire while it was underwater last week."

"The exact cause of the fire is unknown."

"Citing anonymous sources, Russian media outlet, RBC reports that the vessel was a AS-12 Losharik submarine.

"The AS-12 can reach depths of up to 6,000 meters."

"Its nuclear reactor is isolated and operates autonomously."

"According to Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, the AS-12 is carried beneath the hull of the nuclear-powered submarine Orenburg to avoid detection."

"Russian News Agency TASS cited a statement by the Russian Ministry of Defense as saying that the submarine was in Russian territorial waters and was studying the seafloor."

SOURCES: RBC, Novaya Gazeta, Reuters, CNBC, The Moscow Times, TASS, Military Review
https://www.rbc.ru/society/02/07/2019/5d1b64179a7947de5554b385
https://www.novayagazeta.ru/news/2019/07/02/152976-iz-za-pozhara-na-podvodnoy-lodke-minoborony-pogibli-14-moryakov
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-submersible-incident/russia-accused-of-cover-up-over-lethal-submarine-fire-idUSKCN1TY1D0
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/02/sailors-killed-in-russia-submersible-fire-ministry.html
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/07/04/russia-confirms-submarine-hit-by-deadly-fire-was-nuclear-powered-a66277
https://tass.com/emergencies/1066801
https://tass.com/emergencies/1067035
https://tass.com/emergencies/1066867
https://en.topwar.ru/24870-sekrety-losharika.html