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Pro-Ukrainian group sabotaged Nord Stream, US intel suggests: Report | World News

Professional-Ukrainian group sabotaged Nord Stream, US intel suggests: Report | World Information

New intelligence reviewed by US officers suggests {that a} pro-Ukrainian group of probably Ukrainian or Russian nationals carried out the assault on the Nord Stream pipelines final yr, however the intelligence reached no agency conclusions, the New York Occasions reported on Tuesday.

There was no proof that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or his high lieutenants had been concerned, or that the perpetrators had been performing on the route of any Ukrainian authorities officers, the newspaper reported, citing U.S. officers.

Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the report, and U.S. officers didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Representatives for Kyiv and Moscow additionally couldn’t be instantly reached.

The USA and NATO have referred to as the September 2022 assaults on the pipelines that spewed fuel into the Baltic Sea “an act of sabotage,” whereas Moscow has blamed the West. Neither aspect has supplied proof.

Constructed by Russia’s state-controlled Gazprom, the Nord Stream fuel pipelines join Russia and Germany. They’ve turn out to be a flashpoint throughout Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine. Representatives for Gazprom additionally didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The intelligence assessment suggests those that carried out the assaults opposed Russian President Vladimir Putin “however doesn’t specify the members of the group, or who directed or paid for the operation,” the Occasions wrote.

“U.S. officers declined to reveal the character of the intelligence, the way it was obtained or any particulars of the power of the proof it accommodates. They’ve stated that there aren’t any agency conclusions about it,” it added, citing the unnamed officers.

“Officers who’ve reviewed the intelligence stated they believed the saboteurs had been probably Ukrainian or Russian nationals, or some mixture of the 2. U.S. officers stated no American or British nationals had been concerned,” in keeping with the Occasions report.

The European nations the place the pipeline traveled are investigating, and the U.S. State Division has stated it isn’t celebration to the probe and is deferring to these nations.

Russia final month referred to as on the United Nations Safety Council to independently examine. Within the yr for the reason that invasion, Europe has drastically lower its power imports from Russia. Moscow this week referred to as for all Nord Stream stakeholders to resolve its destiny after three of the 4 pipelines had been destroyed within the assaults.

German power firm E.ON, one of many shareholders of the Nord Stream pipeline, declined to remark.