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In what it referred to as a “terrorist attack,” Ukraine has accused Russia of causing leaks in two significant gas pipelines that transport gas to Europe.

Nord Stream: Mykhaylo Podolyak, a presidential adviser for Ukraine, called the destruction of Nord Stream 1 and 2 “an act of aggression” against the EU. He went on to say that Russia aimed to spread fear before winter and urged the EU to give Ukraine more military support.

Before the leaks appeared, underwater bursts were noted by seismologists.

“There is no doubt that these were explosions,” said Bjorn Lund of Sweden’s National Seismology Centre, as quoted by local media.

On Monday afternoon, the Nord Stream 2 operators issued a warning about a loss of pressure in the pipeline. As a result, Danish authorities issued a warning that ships should stay away from the area around the island of Bornholm.

The undersea lines simultaneously suffered “unprecedented” damage in a single day, according to Nord Stream 1’s operator.

The Baltic Sea near the island can be seen with bubbles on the water’s surface in video footage of the leaks published by Denmark’s Defense Command. It states that the greatest marine disturbance patch has a diameter of 1 km (0.6 miles).

Nord Stream: Russia accused by Ukraine of pipeline terror attack

“Gas leak from NS-1 [Nord Stream 1] is nothing more than a terrorist attack planned by Russia and an act of aggression towards the EU. Russia wants to destabilise the economic situation in Europe and cause pre-winter panic,” Ukraine’s Mr Podolyak tweeted in English.

Additionally, he urged Germany and other European allies to step up their military assistance to Ukraine.

“The best response and security investment are tanks for Ukraine. Especially German ones,” he said.

Other European officials have brought up the possibility that the pipeline damage was done on purpose. Mateusz Morawiecki, the prime minister of Poland, attributed it to sabotage and said it was likely related to the conflict in Ukraine.

Mette Frederiksen, the prime minister of Denmark, said it was too soon to draw any conclusions but that it was difficult to think that the numerous leaks could be a coincidence.

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