Russian Federation honors five nuclear experts killed in missile test

Russian Federation honors five nuclear experts killed in missile test

Rosatom has said the accident occurred while a missile was being tested on an offshore platform in the far northern Arkhangelsk region.

"If they are damaged, people who are nearby could be hurt".

The closed city of Sarov in the Nizhny Novgorod region, about 500 kilometres east of Moscow, announced 24 hours of mourning from 10:00 GMT on Sunday with flags lowered and entertainment events cancelled, RIA Novosti state news agency reported. The coffins were displayed at Sarov's main square before being driven to a cemetery.

Initial reports said the explosion killed two people and injured a further six.

"After the tests were completed, the rocket fuel ignited and detonated", Rosatom said, adding that the explosion threw several employees into the sea. It's not clear what the final toll is. Rosatom's chief, Alexei Likhachev, vowed that work on the new weapon would continue, without specifying what that weapon is.

"We are fulfilling the task of the motherland".


Rosatom said the explosion occurred while the engineers were testing a "nuclear isotope power source" for a rocket engine.

Although it initially said no harmful chemicals were released into the atmosphere and radiation levels were unchanged, authorities in the city of Severodvinsk reported what they described as a brief spike in radiation.

A spokesperson for the Severodvinsk administration told RBC, a Russian daily business newspaper, that the statement had been removed from the website "as the situation is being handled by the Ministry of Defense".

It is unlikely that a liquid-propellant rocket engine explosion alone would cause a rise in radiation levels, leading to speculation about what really happened. Emergency officials issued a warning to all workers to stay indoors and close the windows.

"They are heroes of contemporary Russia", Kostyukov said. It's lower than the cosmic radiation that plane passengers are exposed to on longer haul flights.

Regional Gov. Alexander Uss said 6,000 people were being evacuated under the order.


The Russian Defense Ministry said at the time that two people died while testing the liquid jet propulsion system and that no unsafe substances were released into the atmosphere.

The blast near Severodvinsk is one of the three incidents which took place in Russian Federation this week as two explosions rocked an ammunition storage facility in the Krasnoyarsk region injuring dozens.

The Soviet Union saw the worlds worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986, when the authorities sought to cover up the seriousness of the disaster.

The U.S. and the Soviet Union pondered nuclear-powered missiles in the 1960s, but they abandoned those projects as too unstable and risky. Those reports say an area near Nyonoksa is used for tests on weapons, including ballistic and cruise missiles that are used by the Russian navy.

The Russian city of Severodvinsk, west of Arkhangelsk, the administrative center of the oblast, near the Nyonoksa test site on the White Sea where five were killed on August 9, 2019.

Vyacheslav Solovyev, one of the officials at the institute in the closed city of Sarov, did not spell out exactly what the nuclear experts had been working on, but said the institute worked on nuclear-powered energy sources.


Five workers of Rosatom died in an explosion of a nuclear reactor, as Director of All-Russian Research Institute of Experimental Physics Valentin Kostyukov and Research Advisor of the center Vyacheslav Solovyov said, Fontanka.ru reported.

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