Russia buried the 14 navy officers who were killed in a fire at a deep-water vessel earlier this week in St Petersburg on Saturday. Relatives and colleagues of the deceased submariners were seen entering the Serafimovskoye cemetery for a ceremony closed to the media.
The ministry of defence said the nuclear-powered submersible was conducting measurements in the Russian territorial waters in the... Еще Barents Sea on Monday when a fire broke out on board. The crew managed to tackle the blaze but 14 sailors suffocated from smoke.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the incident was caused by a fire in the battery compartment. He praised the 'heroic' actions of the sailors who saved their team-mates' lives and the vessel.
They were buried next to a monument to the victims of the Kursk disaster. 118 sailors died when the Kursk submarine sank in the Barents Sea in 2000.