Six months after the September 2021 subsea gas pipeline explosions, which sent shockwaves around the world, there is still no conclusive answer as to who is responsible for the attack on Nord Stream. Authorities in three European countries are continuing their investigations into the incident. While there have been various theories as to who was responsible and their motive, there is still no firm evidence to support any of them. One new theory is that a pro-Ukrainian group, though not necessarily state-backed, may have been responsible.
Since the attack, four countries, including Russia, the US, Ukraine, and the UK, have been blamed to varying degrees of evidence. However, there is more confusion than clarity over who the culprit really is. The explosions were an act of deliberate sabotage, and residues of explosives and several foreign objects were found at the crime scene. A new report suggests that a pro-Ukrainian group, but not likely state-backed, may have been responsible for the attack.
Further investigation is necessary to determine who is really responsible for the pipeline attack. There has been no set timeline for when the investigations will be completed. For the time being, different theories are being proposed to connect the dots of who may be responsible for the attacks. This attack will have lasting effects not just geopolitically but also economically. However, the mystery continues, and until the culprit is found and brought to justice, it is unlikely to dissipate anytime soon.