New footage from underwater drones has been released showing the aftermath of the explosion that rocked the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
The pipeline that runs from Russia to Germany was badly damaged in an apparent act of sabotage last month.
These pipelines are vital to both Germany’s and Europe’s fuel supply, a supply that has effectively choked off Russia in response to the Western backlash against the invasion of Ukraine.
According to the Telegraph, the blast destroyed 50 meters of Nord Stream 1. Underwater footage showed a massive rupture, with much of the pipe reduced to nothing but twisted metal.
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Experts claim that there is no natural explanation for such damage.
Drone operator Trond Larsen, who works for Norwegian company Blueye Robotics, helped investigate the damage.
“It’s just an extreme force that can bend such thick metal the way we see it,” Larsen said, adding that they also noticed “a very large effect on the sea floor around the tube.”
The pipelines are in the Baltic Sea and the explosions occurred in international waters and caused four separate leaks.
Two of the leaks were in the Danish exclusive economic zone, while the other pair were in the Swedish zone.
Both nations have been investigating the alleged sabotage since late September.
No government or organization has claimed responsibility for the attack, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any suspects.
Some Western leaders have been quick to point the finger at Russia, an accusation Moscow finds utterly absurd.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov scoffed at claims of Russian involvement, saying that “elementary logic” dictated that such an attack would be a blow to Russia’s interests; Why would Russia bomb a major source of its economic strength and influence?
The Kremlin has since accused the United States of the crime, an accusation Washington vehemently denies.
Suspicions of American involvement were further fueled when previous comments by President Joe Biden on Nord Stream 2 suggested the US would ensure the pipeline would never come online.
In any case, the explosion of the active Nord Stream 1 line has already exacerbated a desolate fuel situation on the European continent.
Rising energy costs are already affecting food production as Europe faces the prospect of economic disaster.
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