This is probably even worse than it sounds:
14 sailors have died in a fire on board a Russian AS-12, the smallest nuclear sub in the world & also one of the deepest diving. They were "studying the bottom of the world ocean" somewhere in Russian waters, the defence ministry has said https://t.co/QDP5vUGCAz pic.twitter.com/oS15gFjoMd
— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) July 2, 2019
The link goes to a Russian news site, and I don’t do Cyrillic very well, so here’s a rewrite, kinda sorta:
A fire aboard a Russian navy research submersible has killed 14 crew members, the Russian defence ministry says.
The crew was poisoned by fumes as the vessel was taking measurements in Russian territorial waters on Monday.
The ministry gave no details about the type of vessel. But Russian media reports say it was a nuclear mini-submarine used for special operations.
The fire was later put out and the vessel is now at Severomorsk, the main base of the Russian Northern Fleet.
And there’s this hanging off to the side:
Russian press say the sub on which the 14 servicemen died was an AS-12 "Losharik", which is used for special operations. This is the same sub that the US claimed was capable of damaging undersea cables, accusing Russia of seeking to intercept or disrupt communications.
— Will Vernon (@BBCWillVernon) July 2, 2019
We know one thing for sure: Vladimir Putin is not happy.