A Ukrainian sailor seeking revenge for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine damaged a Russian oligarch’s yacht in Spain’s Balearic Islands over the weekend.
According to a report in the English-language Majorca Daily Bulletin, the 55-year-old Ukrainian boat mechanic proudly admitted his actions in court, saying: “I don’t regret anything I’ve done and I would do it again.”
A Ukrainian sailor in Mallorca opened the valves & "partially sank" a €7m yacht belonging to the director of Russia's arms exporter.
After he explained it was in retaliation for Russian missile strikes on Kyiv, a judge released him pending trial. https://t.co/yCYkOEY6Mw pic.twitter.com/aOgwaAxLng
— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) February 27, 2022
Yacht belongs to Russian oligarch CEO of arms company
The luxury yacht, the 155-foot-long Lady Anastasia, with an estimated value of nearly $8 million, reportedly belongs to Alexander Mikheev, the CEO of Russian arms company Rosoboronexport — the man the boat mechanic works for.
“My boss is a criminal who sells weapons that kill the Ukrainian people,” the Ukrainian sailor, identified only as D. Taras O., reportedly told officers when he was arrested.
Arms used against Ukraine are “produced by the yacht owner’s company”
According to the reports, he was outraged after seeing a video of a Ukrainian apartment block that was hit by a Russian missile. Appearing before a judge Sunday, the man reportedly said: “The armaments used are produced by the yacht owner’s company. They were attacking innocents.”
He reportedly opened large valves in the engine room and crew quarters and turned off the electricity, telling the other three crewmen to abandon the ship owned by the Russian oligarch.
The yacht did not entirely sink but appeared to be riding low in the water in photos. It was unclear how much damage was inflicted.
The chief engineer’s attempt came amid an invasion led by Putin late Wednesday after he decided to launch a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and de-Nazify” Ukraine.