Germany is on the trail of a Ukrainian soldier who could be behind the sabotage of Nord Stream

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The German police searched in May the home of a person allegedly related to the alleged sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, as confirmed yesterday by a spokeswoman for the Federal Prosecutor's Office based in Karlsruhe (south).

According to information from various media, the property registered at the end of last month is located in Frankfurt on the Oder, a town in the Brandenburg region located a few kilometers from the Polish border.

The tenant of the house, questioned as a witness, according to said media is the former sentimental partner of a Ukrainian citizen, "Stefan M." who is the main suspect against whom the German investigation is directed at the moment. The suspect is a member of the Ukrainian armed forces and is currently participating in combat operations on the front lines.

DNA samples

Investigators from the Criminal Police (BKA) also took DNA samples from a minor son of the suspect and the tenant of the aforementioned property, to compare them with the remains found aboard the yacht "Andromeda".

With this, they intend to determine if "Stefan M.", whose name appears on one of the false passports used to rent the boat that was allegedly used for the sabotage, was actually on board the ship, or if his identity was used by the perpetrators. real to cover up the clue.

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According to the version handled by the German prosecutor's office -known mainly through leaks- that vessel set sail in September last year from the port of Rostock to place the explosive charges responsible for blowing up the gas pipelines.

Denmark and Sweden are also investigating

The "Andromeda", leased to a shell company based in Poland, was searched last February and investigators found traces of explosives in it.

The investigation has come to the conclusion in several ways that the Ukrainian suspect was part of a group of six people who rented a yacht, using false passports, and used diving equipment to plant explosive devices around the pipe, installed on the seabed and about 80 meters deep.

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The homing facilities of the 'Nord Stream 1' gas pipeline are pictured in Lubmin, Germany, on March 8, 2022. Photo taken with a drone. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File photo

Denmark and Sweden are also investigating the alleged sabotage of the gas pipelines that connected Russia with Germany, but nothing has been revealed about the progress of the investigations in the two Scandinavian countries.

Zelensky denies Ukraine's involvement in the sabotage

The president of the German Federal Information Service (BND), Bruno Kahl, warned last week that there are "indications in all directions" and that "no secret service in the world is currently in a position to attribute (the attack)." .

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has always denied that Ukraine was involved in the attacks, but there has been speculation that a pro-Ukrainian group with military training may have been involved.

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