A senior Ukrainian military official played a key role in the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea last year, according to a joint investigation by The Washington Post and Der Spiegel published Saturday.
Roman Chervinsky, a colonel in Ukraine’s Special Operations Forces, was the “coordinator” of the Nord Stream operation, people familiar with his role told the US and German newspapers.
They quoted officials in Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe, as well as others with knowledge of the operation, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Chervinsky oversaw the logistics and supervised a team of six people who rented a sailboat under false identities and used diving equipment to place explosive charges on the pipelines, the American newspaper detailed.
He neither planned the operation nor acted alone, taking his orders from Ukrainian officials, The Washington Post wrote.
But not Zelensky?
Through his attorney, Chervinsky denied any role in the sabotage of the pipelines.
“All speculations about my involvement in the attack on Nord Stream are being spread by Russian propaganda without any basis,” Chervinsky said in a written statement to The Washington Post and Der Spiegel.
Yah, than why is it that US and German media are spreading this narrative? Bolstering the narrative created by the West? But, I’m supposed to believe this is Russian propaganda- ROFLMAO!!
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly denied that his country was involved in the pipeline explosions.
“I would never do that,” he told the German daily Bild last June, adding that he would “like to see proof.”
According to The Washington Post, the sabotage operation was conceived while keeping Zelensky in the dark.
The Washington Post and Der Spiegel said they had contacted the Ukrainian government for a reaction to their joint investigation, but had received no response.
This is not so called Russian propaganda.
Chervinsky is currently on trial in Kyiv, accused of abusing his power in an attempt to get a Russian pilot to defect.
He claims that the prosecution is political retaliation for his criticism of Zelensky, according to media reports.
But it sure feels like Western propaganda aka 5 eyes media lies.