Putin bestows top state honors on sailors killed in submarine fire

Putin bestows top state honors on sailors killed in submarine fireRussian President Vladimir Putin on Friday bestowed top state honors on 14 sailors killed in a fire on a secret nuclear submarine in recognition of what the Russian military has called their outstanding bravery. The sailors were killed on Monday when a fire broke out while their deep-water research submarine was carrying out a survey of the sea floor near the Arctic, the Russian defense ministry has said. Putin, in a decree published on the Kremlin’s website on Friday, gave four of the dead submariners Russia’s highest state award – the title of Hero of Russia.



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