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Chervinskyi has no authority to coordinate attack on Nord Stream — General Malomuzh

12 November, 2023 Sunday
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The head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine in 2005-2010, General Mykola Malomuzh, believes that Roman Chervinskyi was not involved in and could not have coordinated the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipeline

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He shared his opinions with Espreso TV 

"With all due respect to Chervinskyi, he had no real authority to coordinate the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipeline. Moreover, he did not have the capabilities. The format of his activities did not allow such an operation. It has a clearly defined realm of action. In particular, local operations, for example, against terrorists and extremists. He could conduct such operations on the territory occupied by the enemy or on the territory of Russia itself. An attack like Nord Stream requires a large, professional sabotage group. This is a very complex and well-planned operation," Malomuzh explained.

The general called the allegations of Chervinskyi's involvement in the sabotage of Nord Stream an information operation by Russia.

"Chervinskyi simply could not have done it. And today, all our partners who say that it was Ukraine that blew up this gas pipeline are simply spreading fakes. Ukraine could not have been involved in this type of operation even at the strategic level. Therefore, we should recognize that this is a well-planned information operation of the Russian Federation. In this way, Russia not only wants to accuse Ukraine of undermining Nord Stream, but also to undermine the prospects for gas supplies," he added.

Background

On the night of September 26, 2022, a sudden drop in pressure occurred in the Nord Stream pipeline. On September 27, it became known that a gas leak had occurred on the eve of the launch of the Baltic Sea pipeline.

Experts found that an explosion occurred on the pipeline routes on September 26. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called the incident a sabotage.

Media in the United States and Germany investigated the Nord Stream accident, seeing it as a trace of pro-Ukrainian forces, but officials in the countries and NATO advised to wait for the results of the investigation.

In March, it became known that Denmark did not intend to allow Russian representatives to investigate the explosions. In April, Denmark confirmed that a Russian special vessel, the SS-750, had been near the gas pipeline four days before the pipes were blown up.

In June, The Wall Street Journal wrote that those who sabotaged the gas pipelines could have used Poland as a base for the attack. The outlet cited the results of data analysis from the yacht Andromeda, which was probably used to blow up the gas pipelines. According to them, the vessel entered Polish waters, deviating from its course.

At the same time, Poland denied any involvement in the bombing and confirmed that the version of Russia's involvement remained valid.

On October 10, 2023, Poland provided Germany with evidence of Russian involvement in the explosion on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, but Berlin is skeptical of this information.

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