New evidence has been unearthed in last year’s mysterious act of sabotage against the Nord Stream pipelines.
Months into the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, twin pipelines carrying natural gas from Russia to Western Europe exploded deep in the Baltic Sea. Upon further investigation by Swedish domestic security, traces of explosives were found, and the damage to the pipelines, largely idle at the time, was confirmed as resulting from sabotage.
While many speculated as to who was behind the attack, there were no clear leads on a suspect — until recently.
As reported by The New York Times, U.S. officials have new intelligence suggesting that a pro-Ukrainian group carried out the attacks on the Nord Stream pipelines.
The names of the group’s leaders, members, or supporters are not known, according to U.S. officials. They speculated that they could be either Ukrainian or Russian nationals. No indication of where the information came from or its nature was provided.
U.S. officials speculate that the group may have been acting via a third party with some kind of connection to the Ukrainian government or its military. But there was no evidence pointing to any direct involvement of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy or other authorities, per the NYT.
Shortly after the NYT’s story broke, Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior adviser to Zelenskyy, tweeted that while he enjoyed “collecting amusing conspiracy theories,” the Ukrainian government had no information about the alleged pro-Ukrainian sabotage group.
“What happened to the Nord Stream pipelines? ‘They sank,’ as they say in [Russia] itself…” the tweet continued.
Russia also questioned the credibility of the information reported in the NYT. It urged a transparent probe into the incident, per the state-backed Sputnik news agency.
“Obviously, the authors of the terrorist attack want to divert attention. This is obviously a coordinated spread of disinformation in the media,” Dmitry S. Peskov, a Kremlin spokesman, told Sputnik.
Ukraine was against the Nord Stream project, which opened in 2011, for economic and political reasons, according to The Hill. First, the pipelines bypassed Ukraine, denying it potential income from transit fees. Next, Russia’s increased sale of gas to Europe was believed to provide it with more political clout, thus indirectly posing a threat to Ukraine’s national security.
Because of this, the sabotage of the pipelines by the Ukrainian government seemed plausible when news of it broke. Yet clouds of suspicion swirled equally around Moscow and Washington, fueled by the lack of any clear evidence in the case.
Per the NYT, a concrete identification of the perpetrators has been complicated by the inability to find the vessels used in the attack. Not only did the incident occur in a heavily trafficked area, but the Nord Stream pipelines were not subjected to close monitoring by commercial or government sensors.
With the new evidence, a larger break in the case might happen soon, according to reporting by the NYT. Their sources explained that European intelligence officers are now heading the investigation.
We all heard on live TV…Victoria Nuland (current “under secretary of state for political affairs” and Nuland helped the coup of overthrowing democratically elected Ukraine in 2013/2014 in order to install a puppet ruler for the U.S.) and President Biden both say that the U.S. would make sure that Nordstream would not occur.
Feb 8, 2023
How America Took Out The Nord Stream Pipeline
The New York Times called it a “mystery,” but the United States executed a covert sea operation that was kept secret—until now
There is an interview of Seymour Hersh where the interviewer informs Hersch about this NYTimes article so he does a quick perusal of the article and starts laughing hysterically.
aside: There is also a fascinating speech Hersch gave on cspan somewhere where he details how he uncovered his Mỹ Lai massacre story that demonstrates how journalists used to travel all over chasing down leads and asking people until they find the people willing to provide snippets semi-willingly to piece it all together. Real journalism instead of the NYTimes ‘anonymous sources familiar with the matter’ BS.
Thank you NYT!! Now we know the real perpetrators!! Yeah, right.
This same article was written a year ago Saying the exact same things. Recent findings point to the Biden administration
Since they decided to rehash this information, it’s pretty clear where they want the narrative to go. Don’t believe this.
Ukraine cant defend itself without help from the US. Who in the US would benefit from this? The Biden admin. We have incredible intel yet when this happened this admin had NOTHING to say.
Depth: 80 meters or so
Pipeline enclosed in thick concrete
US holds naval exercises over the pipeline a few months prior to explosion
Yea, a pro-Ukraine group, the US, blew up the pipeline!
The US did it.