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Russia Denies Submarine Fire Posed Major Threat After Claim Crew Averted ‘Planetary Catastrophe’

Captain Sergei Pavlov, an aide to the commander of Russia’s naval forces, spoke at a funeral service on Saturday for the 14 sailors who died in a fire aboard a Russian submarine. Pavlov praised the sailors for giving their lives to avert a “planetary catastrophe,” an eye-popping turn of phrase that directly contradicted the Kremlin’s line that the classified submarine was not involved in dangerous activities when the fire broke out.

A navy officer mourns after a funeral ceremony at a cemetery in Saint Petersburg on July 6, 2019, three days after a fire that killed 14 officers on what was reportedly a nuclear-powered mini-submarine. - The fire on a Russian submersible that killed 14 navy officers this week started in …