German investigators have received data indicating the involvement of Ukraine in the undermining of the “Nord Streams”, writes Der Spiegel. Germany is conducting its own investigation of the incident together with Denmark and Sweden.
Sources of the publication said that the metadata of the email sent to rent the Andromeda ship, which was allegedly used by the bombers, leads to Ukraine. Traces of explosives found on the ship were identified by German investigators as HMX, a widespread substance suitable for underwater operations, Spiegel sources said.
Now the German investigation is trying to answer the question of whether the Ukrainian special services or any of the representatives of the Ukrainian state apparatus could have been involved in the sabotage.
Explosions on two strands of the Nord Stream gas pipeline occurred on September 26, 2022. Until the beginning of 2022, Nord Stream was one of the main routes for the supply of Russian pipeline gas to Europe (55 billion cubic meters per year). The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia recognized the incident as an act of international terrorism.
American journalist Seymour Hersh in February published an article where he accused the United States authorities of sabotage. Washington denied these accusations. The UN Security Council did not support the resolution of Russia on the organization of an international commission to investigate incidents. Germany, Denmark and Sweden started their own investigation.