Russian army accuses British navy of “involvement” in Nord Stream gas pipeline explosions and assistance Ukraine plans to launch a massive drone attack on Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet.
Although the Russian Ministry of Defense did not provide any evidence for this claim, it said that representatives of “a unit of the British Navy participated in the planning, provision and implementation of the terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on September 26, as a result of which the Nord Stream was blown up. Gas pipelines 1 and Nord Stream 2”.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense called it a “made-up story” that “says more about the internal disputes within the Russian government than about the West.”
The government department’s statement added: “To play down its disastrous fight against the illegal invasion of Ukraine, Russia’s Ministry of Defense is resorting to spreading false claims on an epic scale.”
Moscow also claimed that British forces were involved in a drone attack on their Black Sea fleet in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol today, which Russia says involved nine drones and damaged one warship.
Explosions on the Nord Stream pipeline in September led to four gas leaks. While the leaks occurred in international waters, two of them were in Denmark’s exclusive economic zone and two in Sweden’s.
Pictured: An aerial photo provided by the Swedish Coast Guard on September 28, 2022 shows a gas leak on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline
“Today at 4:20 a.m., the Kyiv regime carried out a terrorist attack on ships and civilian vessels of the Black Sea Fleet,” said the press secretary of the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
“Preparation for the terrorist attack and training of the soldiers of the Ukrainian 73rd Marine Corps Center were conducted under the leadership of British specialists who were in the city of Achakov, Mykolaiv Region, Ukraine.”
He warned: “It should be emphasized that the ships of the Black Sea Fleet, which were affected by the terrorist attack, participate in ensuring the security of the grain corridor as part of the international initiative to export agricultural products from Ukrainian ports.”
Russia has said that Western countries did not allow it to participate in an international investigation into the Nord Stream pipeline explosions in September.
Instead, she has hinted for weeks that her security services have a different version of why the September bombings happened, with some Western countries calling it sabotage and pointing the finger at Russia.
Swedish and Danish authorities are investigating four holes in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines. While the leaks occurred in international waters, two of them were in Denmark’s exclusive economic zone and two in Sweden’s.
The representative of the Ministry of Defense of Russia stated that representatives of “a unit of the British Navy participated in the planning, provision and implementation of the terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on September 26, as a result of which the gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 were blown up.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense also blamed the British military for the drone attack in Sevastopol this morning (pictured)
Britain’s Ministry of Defense rejected the claim, calling it a “made-up story” of “epic proportions”.
Pipelines linking Russia to Germany have been at the center of geopolitical tensions as Russia cut gas supplies to Europe in what is believed to be a response to Western sanctions over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.
Although the pipelines were not operational, they contained gas before falling victim to apparent sabotage.
Fingers are pointing at Russia, whose state-owned energy company Gazprom is the main pipeline owner. The Kremlin, however, called such accusations “nonsense”, having previously blamed the US for causing the damage and now claiming Britain was involved.
Footage released by Swedish newspaper Expressen last week shows a massive rupture and twisted metal in the pipeline 80 meters under the ocean.
Footage (pictured) released from Sweden last week showed that at least 165 feet of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline had been destroyed or buried under the seabed after the explosion on September 26 – many believe it was a Russian attack
Through the gloom you can see a deep trench on the seabed where there was a gas pipeline before the explosions.
Video footage shows more than 165 feet of the pipeline either missing or buried beneath the seabed, and long breaks in the seabed leading to the burst pipe, the paper said.
“It’s just an extraordinary force that can bend metal as thick as we can see,” Trond Larsen, a drone operator at Norwegian company Blueye Robotics, told Expressen.
Larsen, who flew the underwater drone that took the video, also said you could also see “a very large impact on the seabed around the pipe.”
Expressen reported that the explosions were 2.3 on the Richter scale.