The «Yuriy Topchev» support vessel on March 2 and March 10 during transportation of pipe batches from the port of Mukran failed to navigate within the previously established route beyond the protected areas in Germany's free economic zone and thus violated the boundaries of the birds' wintering zone, the SZRU wrote in a report.
According to another Ukraine intelligence report, such breaches of environmental rules by vessels involved in Russia's project («Finva»l, «Umka», «Vladislav Strizhov», «Yuriy Topchev») appear to be systematic.
The Ukrainians also recalled that the Nord Stream-2 pipeline is being laid in the area where World War 2-era chemical warfare agents were repeatedly spotted on the seabed.
While the containers carrying such highly hazardous agents have been dumped in a designated area off the coast of Bornholm, over the past half-century, sea currents have scattered them over a wider area, mostly south of the island.
In their opinion, today, the Fortuna pipelayer risks damaging such containers with its stabilizing anchors, thus inflicting major damage to the environment and jeopardizing the lives and health of the pipelayer's crew.
The CEO of Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz, A.Kobolyev, suggested Nord Stream-2 most likely would never be completed due to the sanctions the companies involved are facing in case they remain part of the project.
Ukraine stands against the construction of Nord Stream-2 as it will most likely lose its status of a gas transit country, while its potential revenue losses are estimated at $3 billion annually.