US Intelligence: Pro-Ukrainian Group Masterminds Nord Stream Bombing
US intelligence has blamed pro-Ukrainian groups for the Nord Stream gas pipeline bombing. Photo/CNN
WASHINGTON – US officials say the latest intelligence suggests pro-Ukrainian groups were behind the sabotage attack on the Nord Stream pipeline last year. Once the United States (US) media report, the New York Times (NYT), quoted an unnamed official.
Officials told the NYT that there was no indication that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or his top lieutenants were involved in the operation or that anyone in charge was acting at the direction of the Ukrainian government.
Mysteries have swirled between Washington, London, Kiev and Moscow over who might be responsible for the explosion along a pipeline designed to carry Russian gas to Germany under the Baltic Sea.
The multibillion-dollar infrastructure project has long been denounced by the West as a national security threat that allows Moscow to sell gas more easily to Europe.
According to the NYT, a review of newly gathered intelligence indicated the perpetrators were likely opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin, but made no mention of the group’s members, or who directed or paid for the operation.
“U.S. officials reviewing intelligence said there was no firm conclusion” about the attack, leaving open the possibility that the operation may have been carried out off the books by proxy forces with ties to the Ukrainian government or its security services,” the NYT reported as quoted by Fox News, Wednesday (8/3/2023).
This latest development comes after the White House last month rejected a blog post by US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh that claimed President Biden had directed the attack.
The White House National Security Council, CIA and State Department also confirmed the posts were completely fake and complete fiction, according to Reuters.