The Balticconnector gas pipeline between Estonia and Finland was damaged deliberately by human activity, Estonian Defence Minister Hanno Pevkur stated, ERR reports. The undersea gas pipeline was closed due to a leak. Pictures taken at the scene indicated that the damage was done by “something greater than a diver or unmanned submersible,” Pevkur said. He ruled out the possibility of an explosion as the cause of the leak. Foreign Minister Margus Tsahkna confirmed that the damage was done mechanically. Jüri Saska, commander of the Estonian Navy (Merevägi), explained that the ruptured pipeline looked like it had been dragged from one side. Finnish transmission system operator Gasgrid announced that the gas pipeline would not return to service before April 2024.