“Our proceedings continue to be directed against unknown persons,” said Attorney General Peter Frank on Wednesday at his authority’s annual press conference in Karlsruhe. The evaluation of the traces and objects secured in a ship is ongoing. The identity of the perpetrators and their motives are the subject of ongoing investigations. “Reliable statements on this, especially on the question of state control, cannot be made at the moment.”
At the end of September, a total of four leaks in the two pipelines from Russia to Germany were discovered after explosions near the Danish Baltic Sea island of Bornholm. The Swedish security authorities determined in November that it was serious sabotage – but without naming a culprit.
The federal prosecutor’s office has been investigating since last October on suspicion of deliberately causing an explosive device explosion and anti-constitutional sabotage. As part of her investigation, she had a suspicious ship searched from January 18th to 20th.
The media had speculated about the alleged involvement of a pro-Ukrainian group. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has dismissed Ukraine’s participation as “ridiculous”. Russian President Vladimir Putin also described the participation of Ukrainians as “total nonsense”. Rather, the United States may have had an interest in the demolition, he suggested.