Ukrainian crew member partially sinks $7.8m yacht owned by Russian oligarch docked in Spain: ‘I have no regrets’
A Ukrainian ship crew member attempted to sink a yacht belonging to the CEO of a Russian arms manufacturer in protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The 55-year-old Ukrainian identified as D. Taras O. attempted to sink the boat by flooding its engine room by opening a large valve as well as another in another part of the boat, the Majorca Daily Bulletin reported.
The yacht, called Lady Anastasia, is believed to be owned by Alexander Mijeev, the Russian CEO of Rosoboronexport, a Russian military armament company.
The man then cut off the electricity and closed the fuel taps, before asking three Ukrainian crew members to leave the ship. The other members of the crew, who then reported him to the authorities, called him crazy and asked him to close the valve that caused the leak, according to El País. The yacht was left with a destroyed engine room.
The man’s motivation to sink the yacht? Ukraine was under attack, he said, from missiles made by the owner’s company.
The 55-year-old worked for 10 years as chief engineer on the yacht, which is worth 7 million euros ($7.8 million) and spans nearly 48 meters at Mallorca’s port, according to El Country.
When he appeared before a judge on Sunday, the 55-year-old said he had no regrets about his actions and would “do it again”.
“I watched the news about the war. There was a video of a helicopter attack on a building in Kiev. The armaments used are produced by the yacht owner’s company. They were attacking innocent people,” he told the judge, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.
He was released on charges of his actions, which he said he committed as property damage and had no intention of causing human harm.
The chief engineer’s attempt came amid an invasion led by Putin on Wednesday night after he decided to launch a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and denazify” Ukraine.
The first missile strikes launched across the country were reported by Ukrainian authorities shortly after Putin’s announcement. Russian ground and air forces were seen advancing into territories controlled by the Kyiv government, with an Interior Ministry source reporting hundreds of casualties after the first missile attack.
The Russian invasion has had a large-scale impact among civilians as more than 300,000 Ukrainians have fled the country in search of safety, according to the latest data from the UN Refugee Agency. Experts expect that figure to rise as Russian troops continue to advance in other parts of the country.
We would have liked him to succeed in sinking this yacht.