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Sabotaged pipelines and a mystery: Who did it? (Was it Russia?)

By Katrin Bennhold and David E. Sanger

28 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

We've heard many theories on what caused the mysterious gas leaks in the Baltic Sea. No one has any answers yet. But The New York Times details some possibilities.

BERLIN — Two days after a pair of explosions under the Baltic Sea apparently ruptured giant natural gas pipelines from Russia to Germany, the consensus hardened Wednesday that it had been an act of sabotage, as the European Union and several European governments labeled it an attack and demanded an investigation.

Experts said it could take months to assess and repair the damage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, which have been used as leverage in the West’s confrontation with Moscow over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. News of a possible attack on the lines heightened already intense fears of painful energy shortages in Europe over the winter.

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