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Russian Vessel Seen Near Nord Stream Blast Site
The Danish Armed Forces have confirmed that they spotted the SS-750 Crane Ship, a Russian vessel, near the Nord Stream gas pipeline just four days prior to the pipeline’s explosion on September 26, 2022. On September 22, 2022, a Danish patrol boat captured 26 photos of the vessel, which is equipped for underwater operations and carries an AS-26 Priz mini-submarine.
Confirmation of SS-750’s Presence
Earlier reports suggested that six Russian military ships were in the area before the explosion, but this is the first confirmation of the SS-750’s presence. T-Online, a German media outlet, and Open Source Intelligence analyst Oliver Alexander previously claimed that the SS-750 was one of the six ships that might have been in the area. Their conclusions were based on anonymous sources and satellite images showing that the SS-750 left the port in Kaliningrad at the same time as the Aleksandr Frolov and SB-123 ships.
Denmark Refuses to Share Photos of Russian Vessel
The Danish Defence Ministry has refused to share the photos of the Russian vessel, citing their involvement in intelligence operations. The ministry had earlier obtained 112 images of Russian vessels in the area, but this is the first time they have confirmed that the ship was an SS-750 with a mini-submarine on board.
Speculation on Source of Nord Stream Explosion
The New York Times previously reported that non-government organizations, including Russians and Ukrainians, could be behind the Nord Stream explosion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy denied Ukrainian involvement and called for an investigation into the source of this information.
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