US was aware of Ukrainian plot to attack Nord Stream, says report

The US was knowledgeable that Ukraine’s army was plotting to explode the Nord Stream pipelines months earlier than mysterious explosions destroyed Russia’s conduit for fuel gross sales to Europe, in keeping with The Washington Submit.

The data, cited in a leaked US intelligence report, got here from a pleasant European nation’s intelligence companies, the Submit reported whereas declining to call the nation.

The detailed intelligence, which the US acquired three months earlier than the explosions, matches some items of proof unearthed by the inconclusive probes into the assault on Europe’s power infrastructure.

The Submit cited an intelligence doc leaked by US Air Nationwide Guard member Jack Texeira on the Discord social media platform. The US Nationwide Safety Council and the CIA declined to remark. Ukrainian officers have lengthy denied any involvement in an assault on the pipeline.

The late-September underwater explosions left solely three of 4 pipes intact, largely severing Russia’s fuel infrastructure to Europe.

The following finger-pointing and inconclusive investigations has birthed a number of conspiracy theories, with reviews alternately blaming Russia, the US and Ukrainian saboteurs.

Regardless of the European intelligence, the US had initially appeared responsible Russia for destroying its personal costly pipeline as a way to use stress on Europe forward of winter. On the time of the explosions, Russia had already shut off Nord Stream 1 in response to sanctions, and Nord Stream 2 had but to start operations.

Proof has emerged that helps this preliminary idea. Covert Russian naval manoeuvres have been uncovered within the Baltic close to the positioning of the explosions; a Russian naval vessel carrying a small submersible was photographed within the space by the Danish navy.

German investigators have been wanting into an alternate idea. In January, they searched a yacht known as the Andromeda that was employed in Rostock, a German port city, in September 2022 and should have participated within the assault. Explosive residue was discovered within the yacht cabin. German investigators and journalists have linked one particular person concerned in hiring the yacht to the Ukrainian army.

The main points from their investigation are related in some regards to these cited by the Submit, which relate a plan to rent a ship in Germany. The intelligence report cited the intention to make use of a submersible automobile, nevertheless, a technique not beforehand related to the Andromeda.

In accordance with the Submit, the main points of the plot have been withheld from Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy so as to permit the president deny data of an incident with severe worldwide repercussions.

Nord Stream was a joint funding between Russia’s Gazprom, which held a 51 per cent stake, whereas European companions invested billions regardless of Washington’s resistance to the venture.

The intelligence temporary seems to have been primarily based off a single supply within the Ukrainian authorities, elevating doubts within the US intelligence neighborhood. Regardless of the reservations, the European intelligence service shared its findings with the German authorities, who briefed lawmakers months earlier than the explosions.

Further reporting by Felicia Schwartz and James Politi in Washington

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