Thousands of people attended the funerals of five Russian nuclear engineers who were killed by an explosion as they tested a new rocket engine – a tragedy that sparked radiation and raised questions about a secret weapons program.
The engineers were sentenced to rest on Monday in Sarov, Russia's main nuclear research center where they worked.
In the city 370 km east of the capital Moscow, which has been a basis for the Russian nuclear weapons program since the late 1940s, flags flew with half occupation. The coffins were exhibited in the main square of Sarov before being driven to a cemetery.
The Russian Ministry of Defense initially reported that two people were killed and six others injured in the explosion on the Navy's test site.
The Rosatom nuclear power plant said the explosion killed five of its workers and injured three others. The final number of victims is unknown.
According to Rosatom, the explosion occurred when the engineers tested a "nuclear isotope energy source" for a rocket engine.
The victims were on a sea platform on which a rocket motor was tested. Thrown into the sea by the explosion.
The director of Rosatom, Alexei Likhachev, praised the victims as "true heroes" and "pride of our country".
The local authorities in nearby Severodvinsk, a city with 1
The Severodvinsk government's statement nevertheless came when the Ministry of Defense insisted that no radiation had been released, an allegation that made comparisons with Soviet-era attempts to cover up disasters.
Terrified residents hurried to buy iodide, which can help limit the damage caused by radiation exposure.
Russian authorities also closed part of Dwina Bay after the explosion Salvage rocket waste for a month to publish. Radioactive leak, but officials did not disclose any further details.
Neither the Department of Defense nor Rosatom mentioned the missile type that exploded during the test except that it contained liquid propellant.
But Rosatom's mention of a "nuclear isotope force" source "led some Russian media to conclude that it was the Burevestnik (Petrel), a nuclear powered cruise missile used by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March 2018 during his speech In addition, the explosion was associated with Burevestnik's Nuclear Cruise Missile 9M730 designated by NATO as SSC-X-9 Skyfall.
President Donald Trump spoke on Monday about the explosion when he tweeted "The United" states learn a lot from the failed rocket explosion in Russia. "We have a similar, albeit more advanced technology." The Russian "Skyfall" explosion has blown people out of the air Environment and far beyond worried.Not good! "
The US and the Soviet Union have in the 1960s However, these projects have been considered too unstable and dangerous.
Putin claimed that the range of the new missile was unlimited The President claimed that the rocket had passed the first tests successfully, but the observers expressed skepticism, arguing that such a weapon was very difficult to handle and harmful to the environment.