It is believed by many that Vladimir Putin’s government damaged the vital gas pipeline in an effort to continue igniting the growing energy conflict with Europe amid the chaos in Ukraine.
The so-called “Frogmen” special military commandos, who serve for both the Russian Navy and Putin’s spies, the GRU, and were responsible for the Salisbury poisonings in 2018, may have been behind the attack. Russia may have deployed drone submarines or deep sea divers to set off enormous explosions that destroyed Nord Stream 1 and 2, respectively, by blowing two holes in each. The unit’s commandos are equipped with a variety of tools at their disposal and are trained in both stealth and sabotage. The forces have access to speedboats, trained dolphins, manned torpedoes, small submarines, and specialized weapons.