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U.S. had intelligence of detailed Ukrainian plan to attack Nord Stream pipeline

By Shane Harris and Souad Mekhennet

06 Jun 2023 · 7 min read

informed Summary

  1. The Biden administration was informed in June 2022 of a Ukrainian military plan to covertly attack the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline

Three months before saboteurs bombed the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline, the Biden administration learned from a close ally that the Ukrainian military had planned a covert attack on the undersea network, using a small team of divers who reported directly to the commander in chief of the Ukrainian armed forces.

Details about the plan, which have not been previously reported, were collected by a European intelligence service and shared with the CIA in June 2022. They provide some of the most specific evidence to date linking the government of Ukraine to the eventual attack in the Baltic Sea, which U.S. and Western officials have called a brazen and dangerous act of sabotage on Europe's energy infrastructure.

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