Thursday, June 8, 2023

The alleged presence of Russian ships before blowing up the Nord Stream

Although it is not known what exactly happened, a documentary shows the presence of Russian ships before the Nord Stream explosion.

The pipeline carrying gas from Russia to Europe exploded last September and according to a documentary, Russian ships were present before the Nord Stream pipeline explosion last year.

Two Nord Stream pipelines carrying gas from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea were hit by underwater explosions. Since then, various theories have circulated about the cause of the explosion, some attributing it to Russia and others suggesting that it was the West or Ukraine. What happened remains unknown.

However, in the last episode of a series titled Putin’s Shadow War He stated that there were suspicious movements of Russian vessels, which could carry out underwater operations, near the site of the explosion.

The TV documentary, produced by TV channels in the Nordic countries, does not claim that Moscow was behind the explosion, but he wonders about the strange activities of his army.

He claims that the so-called Russian “ghost ships”, including a research vessel, a tugboat, and a third warship, were in the blast area for several hours and almost a whole day, in one case.

they turned off the transmitter although the announcers claim that their movements could still be traced through intercepted radio communications.

A retired British naval intelligence officer who used to work interdiction for the Russian Baltic Fleet, plot where he used information from open sources and radio communications.

Some in the West point the finger at Russia over the Nord Stream explosion, though Moscow denies any involvement.

Russia has accused the UK of “directing” the blasts, which destroyed a key piece of the Kremlin’s energy infrastructure that gave it leverage over Europe, especially gas-hungry Germany. London dismissed the Russian claim as false.

On the other hand, recent reports suggest that pro-Ukrainian agents were responsible, although not the Ukrainian government itself.

“Håvard Gulldahl, an investigative journalist who worked on the document, told Euronews: “Many other conflicting theories have been thrown around. “Some of the other theories were quite complicated in their methods…too secretive with their sources and drew conclusions that were not sufficiently supported by the reports.”

“We did everything possible, to be honest with how we worked, what our conclusions are … and what are not,” added the journalist. The documentary made a detailed assessment of what the Russian ships were doing in the months leading up to the incident.

One of the vessels, the Sibiryakov, is believed to be capable of underwater mapping and surveillance work, as well as launching a small underwater vehicle.

The ship switched its communications to a secret receiver and took an unusual route near the site where the pipeline would explode in June, according to Royal Navy officials, who remained anonymous in the documentary.

Another ship, the naval tug SB-123, was reported five days before the September explosions. His radio communications suggest that he stayed there overnight, before sailing back to Russia.

“We used satellite images and other sources to verify the position of the radio messages,” journalist Gulldahl said. “We are confident in stating that these vessels were in the area, and also at what time they were there”.

And he continued: “However, we did not conclude whether or not they participated in the leaks. Future reports could give us more answers on the issue.”

In April, a series on Danish DR, Norwegian NRK, Swedish SVT, and Finnish Yle revealed that Russian ships were mapping offshore wind farms, gas pipelines, electricity, and internet cables in the North Sea for possible sabotage attacks.

Some of the targets were wind farms located off the coast of Great Britain, a vital source of energy for the country. **Sweden and Denmark both say the explosion, which occurred in their economic zones, was deliberate, although they have not determined who was responsible.** Along with Germany, they are investigating the incident. The gas leak caused a huge greenhouse gas emission, estimated at 500 tons of methane per hour.

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