Russia’s Defence Ministry claims that His Majesty’s Naval Service took part in today’s drone attack against Russia’s warships in Crimea’s Sevastopol, as well as the blowing up of the Nord Stream pipelines, the agency’s Telegram says.
As per the Defence Ministry’s theory, the preparation for the attack on the Black Sea fleet, which the agency labels as “a terrorist attack,” as well as the training for Ukraine’s servicemen was conducted by “British specialists, stationed in Ochakiv, the Mykolaiv region,” reads the statement.
“As per the information we have, the representatives of UK’s navy have also taken part in planning, subblying, and executing the terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on 26 September when Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines exploded,” reads the statement.
The agency also added that RFS Ivan Golubets, a minesweeper, and a net boom suffered “negligible damage.”
Unmanned aerial vehicles attacked the ships of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in the Sevastopol Bay near Crimea earlier today. “Today, starting 4.30 a.m., various air defence systems repelled UAV attacks in Sevastopol for several hours, all were taken down,” Razvozhayev wrote. He also added that this was the largest attack on Sevastopol since the start of the “special military operation.” Access to CCTV footage was restricted for civilians in Sevastopol, and Mikhail Razvozhayev, the local governor, threatened people posting footage of Russia’s air defence systems working with “interaction with security agencies.”
Vladimir Putin accused the United States of being responsible for the attacks on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines earlier. The US did so in order to cut off Europe's access to cheap energy and sell its gas at higher prices, Putin claimed.
On 26 September, gas leaks were reported on two strings of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in the exclusive economic zone of Denmark to the northeast of the island of Bornholm. Later, another leak was documented on one of the strings of Nord Stream 2 in Denmark’s exclusive economic zone to the southeast of Bornholm.
The pipes may have been damaged in a deliberate attack, German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported the following day, citing a source familiar with the investigation.