Ukrainian sailor sinks Russian boss’ $7.7m luxury superyacht

A Ukrainian sailor sank his Russian boss’ $7.7 million luxury superyacht in Spain before accusing him of selling arms to Vladimir Putin.

The yacht, named Lady Anastasia, is owned by businessman Alexander Mijeev.

Mijeev took over Rostec, a Russian state-owned arms supplier, in 2016.

The Ukrainian sailor, identified as Taras Ostapchuk, attempted to sink his boss’s 156-foot-long plush boat in Mallorca by flooding its engine room, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.

The chief engineer – who had worked on the ship for more than a decade – opened a valve in the engine room and a second where the crew lived before he told three workers, also Ukrainians, to leave the ship.

He also turned off the electricity and closed the fuel taps.

The yacht was left with a destroyed engine room.

Taras was arrested and later told a Spanish court he accused his boss of making the weapons that were used to attack Ukraine.

Alexander Mijeev works for the Russian arms supplier Rostec.

The 55-year-old told a judge on Sunday that he had no regrets about his actions and would “do it again.”

According to the local press, he said: “I watched the war news. 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.

Ostapchuk was released on charge. He claims he had no intention of harming life.

He later admitted, “I lost the first battle, which was to sink my Russian boss’s ship, but I will win the next one.

He confirmed he went crazy around midday on Saturday after seeing a helicopter carrying weapons he said were made by Mijeev’s company attacking a building in Kyiv similar to where his family lives and have just fled to hole up in a nearby village.

The Sun Online has contacted Mijeev’s office for comment.

The unrepentant sailor, speaking after being freed by a Mallorca court pending an ongoing investigation, told island newspaper Ultima Hora he would join the fight against Putin’s soldiers.

He said he would fly to Poland from Mallorca this afternoon before taking a train or bus to the Ukrainian capital.

The luxury boat has five cabins and is 156 feet long.
The luxury boat has five cabins and is 156 feet long.

He told the newspaper: “I will fight. As soon as I reach the first Ukrainian town, I will look for a military commander and ask him if they need me.

“I said to myself, ‘Why do I need a job if I have my country. I had a good job as chief engineer on the boat and a good salary but I will fight for my nation.

“I will not lose my country. I’m not a hero, I’m a middle aged man, but I have a lot of experience as a mechanic.

“I have never held a weapon but if necessary I will. Why not!”

Speaking about the television footage he was watching on a Spanish news channel that led to him carrying out the attack on Lady Anastasia, he added: “I live in a very similar building.”

“From my window, I can see the Ukrainian parliament. I was wondering what happened to my house when I saw the pictures because it was in a very similar position.

Ukraine was bombarded with explosions and missiles after being invaded by Russia on Thursday.

More than 300,000 civilians fled as shells rained across the country over the weekend – as the battle for the capital, Kyiv, stretched into a fourth day.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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