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Pro-Ukraine group possibly responsible for Nord Stream pipeline sabotage, US officials

The U.S. officials said they have not found any evidence the Russian government was involved in the attack.

Published: March 8, 2023 7:04am

Updated: March 8, 2023 7:37am

U.S. officials say new intelligence suggests the September 2022 attack on the Nord Stream pipelines was executed by a pro-Ukraine group. 

The pipelines run under the Baltic Sea and bring natural gas to Germany from Russia, which began its invasion of Ukraine in February of last year.

U.S. officials said they do not have evidence that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky or his top officials were involved in the pipeline's sabotage nor is there proof that the perpetrators acted at the direction of the Ukrainian government, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

However, NATO has determined the attack was "the result of deliberate, reckless, and irresponsible acts of sabotage."

U.S. officials said quite a bit of information about the perpetrators is still unknown, but the review suggests they were opponents of Russia President Vladimir Putin.

The majority owner of the pipelines is a Russia state-owned gas company.

Repairs to the pipelines are estimated to cost at least $500 million.

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