The Russian defense ministry released a bulletin on Saturday morning that makes formal allegations against Ukraine and the British Royal Navy for their role in damaging the Nord Stream gas pipeline.

The Russian defense ministry went so far as to call the attack on the pipeline a “terrorist attack”.

Russia alleges that the pipelines and Russian ships were targeted by “nine unmanned aerial vehicles and seven autonomous maritime drones.”

The United Kingdom has been a key ally to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, supplying the country with billions of dollars in military and humanitarian aid.

The United Kingdom denied the allegations shortly after they were published, saying “To detract from their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defence is resorting to peddling false claims of an epic scale,” the British defense ministry said.

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Russia has not announced any retaliatory measures against the United Kingdom yet, though the allegations, true or not, are sure to escalate the conflict.

Breitbart Reports

The Russian ministry levelled the allegation at Britain’s senior military service in a news bulletin centred primarily on what they claimed was an attempted “terrorist attack against the ships of the Black Sea Fleet and civilian ships” on Saturday morning by Ukrainian drones in the vicinity of Sevastopol, Crimea, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014.

“The preparation of this terrorist act and the training of military personnel of 73rd Marine Special Operations Centre were carried out under supervision of British specialists in the city of Ochakov, Nikolayev region in Ukraine,” the Russian statement, posted on Telegram, asserted, without providing supporting evidence.

“According to available information, representatives of this unit of the British Navy took part in the planning, provision and implementation of a terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on September 26 this year — blowing up the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines,”

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