Nord Stream sabotage clue points to Ukraine: report


Investigators investigating the explosion of Russia’s Nord Stream gas pipeline have obtained evidence that may link the attack to Ukraine, according to German media reports.

Weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday that metadata in emails used to rent a sailing vessel suspected of being used in the attacks linked those emails to Ukraine. is.

According to investigations by broadcasters NDR and WDR, the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and international media partners, the president of the dummy company that supposedly hired the ‘Andromeda’ yacht also lives in Kiev.

German investigators have also identified a Ukrainian man in his mid-20s with military ties who may have been part of the six-man team that operated the yacht, according to a joint report. .

Der Spiegel said the Ukrainian link was consistent with assessments by multiple intelligence agencies.

Authorities are investigating whether the attack was carried out by independent Ukrainian special forces or, more likely, government-backed forces, according to the weekly.

The possibility of a false flag operation being used by the Russians to pin the blame on someone else has not been ruled out entirely either. Another report points out that a Russian naval vessel specializing in submarine warfare was filmed near the destroyed Nord Stream gas pipeline just before the mysterious explosion in September.

The pipeline has been at the center of geopolitical tensions as Russia cuts gas supplies to Europe in what appears to be retaliation for sanctions over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

After the incident, Western countries quickly blamed Russia for the explosions in the Baltic Sea, but the Kremlin has accused Western countries of sabotage.

German, Swedish and Danish authorities are investigating the explosion that triggered the leak.


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