Medias put Ukrainian leads at the end of Nord Stream investigation

Multiple news outlets probe the German investigation of the sabotage of gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2.
Photo: Peter Hove Olesen
Photo: Peter Hove Olesen
by ritzau, translated by christian radich hoffman

According to Danish newspaper Berlingske, German investigators put a Ukrainian soldier aboard a sailboat that could be tied to the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines last year.

The newspaper has looked over available information alongside German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the TV/radio stations of Norddeutscher- and Westdeutscher Rundfunk, the Polish investigative online media, and the Swedish tabloid Expressen.

These medias report that a sailboat – the ”Andromeda” – plays a role in the German investigation.

The boat docked at Christiansø of the Ertholmene archipelago, northeast of the Danish isle of Bornholm, in September last year. The collaborating medias claim that Andromeda had a crew of five men and one woman at the time.

One of these men, the medias allege, is a Ukrainian citizen, 26 years of age.

He seemingly brought a Romanian passport, but the owner of the passport was home in Romania at the time, Berlingske writes.

On September 26, a leak on Nord Stream 2 was noted approximately 20 kilometers south of Dueodde, Bornholm.

The subsequent morning, two more leaks were noted on Nord Stream 1, northeast of Bornholm. In total, four gas leakages on the gas pipelines were confirmed.

The sailboat was allegedly chartered by a company with offices in Poland.

The company’s owner is a woman that lives on the occupied Crimean Peninsula. She became the owner of the company in 2020 when she registered for it with a Ukrainian passport. Berlingske notes that she is a Russian citizen today.

The Danish daily also writes that the Polish-headquartered company only saw revenue for a brief period of 2020. The company’s CEO is a 55-year-old woman from Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. She is seemingly registered as company leader for multiple companies.

The international group of medias have asked authorities in each of the relevant countries for comments on the information.

The Danish Police Intelligence Unit (PET) tells Berlingske that it does offer comment on active cases.

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