Headline RoundupNovember 12th, 2023

Ukrainian Military Reportedly Responsible for Attack on Nord Stream Pipeline

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A senior Ukrainian military official with ties to Ukrainian intelligence reportedly played a key role in the bombing of the Nord Stream pipelines on September 26, 2022.

The Details: A joint investigation by The Washington Post (Lean Left bias) and Der Spiegel accuses Col. Roman Chervinsky of coordinating the attacks. The Post cited “officials in Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe” as sources. Chervinsky reportedly took orders from more senior officials, who ultimately reported to Ukraine’s highest-ranking military officer, Gen. Valery Zaluzhny. Chervinsky denied involvement, calling the accusations “Russian propaganda without any basis.”

For Context: Nord Stream carried gas from Russia to Germany and provided Russia with income. In June 2023 The Post reported that the CIA knew in June 2022 of a Ukrainian plot to bomb the pipeline. Chervinsky, who has been in jail since April on abuse of power allegations, has been involved in previous covert operations for Ukraine. Zelensky previously denied his country’s involvement in the bombing, but The Post said the operation intentionally kept Zelenskyy “out of the loop.”

Early Blame Game: At the time of the bombing, President Biden, stopped short of blaming Russia, but said the bombing was a “deliberate act of sabotage” and accused Russia of “pumping out disinformation and lies.” The Kremlin called it “an act of terrorism” that was unlikely to happen “without the involvement of a state of some kind.”

How The Media Covered It: English-language coverage was mostly derivative of The Post’s report.

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