Putin awards seamen killed by fire on navy's submersible

The combo of photos of the 14 crew members who died in a fire on a Russian navy's deep-sea research submersible, distributed on July 4, 2019, by Russi

The combo of photos of the 14 crew members who died in a fire on a Russian navy's deep-sea research submersible, distributed on July 4, 2019, by Russi

Navy sailors light candles during a religion service to commemorate the crew members that were killed on one of the Russian navy's deep-sea research s

Navy sailors light candles during a religion service to commemorate the crew members that were killed on one of the Russian navy's deep-sea research s

Navy sailors attend a religion service to commemorate the crew members that were killed on one of the Russian navy's deep-sea research submersibles at

Navy sailors attend a religion service to commemorate the crew members that were killed on one of the Russian navy's deep-sea research submersibles at

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thurs

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, listens to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thurs

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded the nation's highest honors to 14 seamen who died in a fire on one of the navy's research submersibles.

Putin's decree published Friday posthumously awarded four naval officers with the Hero of Russia medals and the others with the Order of Courage.

The military said the victims were killed by toxic fumes during Monday's blaze. Some others survived the fire, but the military hasn't given their number.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to Putin Thursday that the vessel's nuclear reactor wasn't damaged by the fire and would be put back in service following repairs.

He didn't name the ship, but Russian media reported it as the country's most secret submersible, the Losharik.