Times says pro-Ukraine group behind Nord Stream sabotage

Nord Stream 2 underwater gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea (denmark)
Nord Stream 2 underwater gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea (Image: Shutterstock)

A report in The New York Times says US officials have seen new intelligence that indicates a “pro-Ukrainian group” was responsible for last year’s sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

The newspaper said US officials had no evidence implicating Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Nord Stream pipeline bombing, but claimed intelligence suggested the perpetrators were “opponents of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia”.

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Ukraine has denied any involvement, with Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Zelensky, posting on Twitter, “Although I enjoy collecting amusing conspiracy theories about Ukraine’s government, I have to say: Ukraine has nothing to do with the Baltic Sea mishap and has no information about ‘pro-Ukrainian sabotage groups.”

The twin pipelines were sabotaged last year, with the European Union vowing a “robust” response to any intentional disruption of its energy infrastructure.

Authorities in Germany, Sweden and Denmark have opened probes into the Nord Stream sabotage.

“There is an ongoing preliminary investigation in Sweden, so I do not intend to comment on those reports,” Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson told reporters.

Speaking at the same press conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said it would be “wrong to speculate” before the investigations had been finalised.

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In February, veteran US journalist Seymour Hersh claimed the United States was behind the operation to bomb the Nord Stream pipelines and that Norway assisted.

The White House blasted Hersh’s report, which cited an unnamed source, as “complete fiction”.

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