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Investigators find new evidence in Nord Stream sabotage – Der Spiegel

An email to rent the boat in the pipeline attacks came from , according to investigators

In this Handout Photo provided by Swedish Coast Guard, the release of gas emanating from a leak on the 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea on September 27, 2022 © Getty Images / Swedish Coast Guard via Getty Images

Metadata from emails used to rent a yacht suspected of being involved in the explosions that damaged the Nord Stream pipelines transporting natural gas last year implicates Ukrainian nationals, Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper reported on Friday.

In March, Der Spiegel claimed a yacht called ‘Andromeda’ had allegedly been used by a team of divers to sabotage the Nord Stream pipelines. The publication cited the discovery of traces of explosives in the cabin of the vessel and fake identification documents that were used in the hiring of the boat. 

The outlet’s most recent report indicates that metadata from an email sent to enquire about the renting of the yacht The president of a presumed shell company through which the yacht was rented also lives in Kiev, according to German broadcasters NDR and WDR, as well as other media sources in the EU country. 

Der Spiegel also wrote on Friday that investigators were probing if the attack could have been undertaken by an independent group of Ukrainian commandos or if the sabotage would likely have been authorized by Kiev. The Ukrainian government, meanwhile, has denied all links to the explosions. 

READ MORE: Ukrainians likely involved in Nord Stream blasts – media

In February, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh detailed in an extensive report evidence he claimed linked Washington to the attacks, which he said were conducted in tandem with figures in Norway. 

in an investigation into the source of the blasts. 

Moscow’s foreign ministry spokesperson said on Thursday, adding that investigators were delaying their efforts and attempting to of the true perpetrators.


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