Mother bear and cub shot after climbing onto Russian nuclear submarine

The Russian Navy has defended the shooting of a mother bear and its cub on a nuclear submarine following outrage among many social media users.

The navy says there was no other option after the animals climbed onto the vessel moored off the Vilyuchinsk base in the far-eastern Kamchatka region.

It says a hunting instructor was called in to "neutralise the wild animals".

Hundreds of social media users accused the navy of unnecessary cruelty after seeing a video of the shooting online.

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