German Investigators: Attacks on Nord Stream Gas Pipelines Lead to Ukraine


May 23, 2023 09:27 GMT

According to a new journalistic inquiry, German security services also found “traces” pointing to Ukrainian military circles.

A new investigation by German journalists reveals “several new leads in the direction of Ukraine” linked to a yacht that authorities are already analyzing in connection with the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in September last year, media reported. local.

The research, carried out jointly by Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitungbetween others international media, lead to Andromeda sailing yachtwhich was already bound to the explosions in similar investigations in March.

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According to reports, a group of five men and one woman with fake Bulgarian and Romanian passports they left the port of the German city of Rostock on the 15-meter-long vessel, which was allegedly rented by a travel agency called Feeria Lwowa in Warsaw (Poland), a few weeks before the explosions took place.

The company, registered in 2016 by two Ukrainian citizens, is believed to have been used to camouflage the operation. The firm apparently has no phone number, no website, no employees, and hasn’t had significant turnover for years. However, in 2020 he received around 2.8 million euros (3 million dollars) without justification.

Initially, a 55-year-old woman living in kyiv, Ukraine, was appointed president of the company, but it is believed that she could also have served as a figurehead.

The Andromeda, which docked days before the sabotage at the Christianso marina, a small Danish island northeast of Bornholm, near where the three bombs went off, was found with traces of explosives described by researchers as “militarily useful and suitable for underwater use“.

German security services also found another “trail” leading to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Among the six crew members was a man in his 20sthat previously served in an infantry unit of the Ukrainian Army. The suspect allegedly has two striking tattoos.

The German investigators also stated that there is no evidence that Russian warships were involved in the sabotage of the gas pipelines and they also lean towards the version involving Kiev, according to sources. consulted by The Times.

  • On September 27, 2022, they reported heavy damage to three of the four Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines. Later, Swedish seismologists said they had identified two explosions in neutral waters on the seabed of the Baltic Sea during the night of 26 September. The structures were out of service at the time, but filled with gas.

“A Cover Story”

The aforementioned version of the incident was published weeks after the dissemination of the investigation of legendary journalist Seymour Hersh, who revealed that the White House was behind the attack. Furthermore, in his article, he indicated that US Navy divers planted the explosives in the Nord Stream pipelines in June 2022 under the cover of NATO’s BALTOPS 22 exercises.

In this sense, said that the version disseminated in Western media was prepared with the participation of the CIA and German Intelligence as “a cover story”.

For their part, from Moscow they pointed out that American journalists “continue to deliberately fabricate false accounts of attacks on critical energy infrastructure in the Baltic Sea,” making up “‘fantastic’ stories” about individuals who organized such a “complex” operation from a rented “yacht”.

“It is clear to any reasonable person that only certain states with certain technologies they can prepare and carry out a terrorist act of this type”, reads a release from the Russian Embassy in Washington published in March.

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