Ukrainian sailor tries to sink Russian weapons boss’ yacht, says he would do it again

A Ukrainian sailor reportedly admitted trying to sink a luxury yacht belonging to the head of a Russian arms exporter in retaliation for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The 157ft Lady Anastasia, owned by Rosoboronexport managing director Alexander Mikheev, was moored in Mallorca, Spain, over the weekend when the sailor opened the engine room valves in an attempt to sink her , the BBC and local media reported.

“My boss is a criminal who sells weapons that kill the Ukrainian people,” the sailor, identified as Taras Ostapchuk, 55, told officers on Saturday as he surrendered, according to the Majorca Daily Bulletin.

He stood by his actions the next day in court saying, “I don’t regret anything I did and I would do it again.”

The man told the court he had worked on the ship as a mechanic for about 10 years and decided to scuttle it after seeing video of a Russian military cruise missile hitting a building in Kiev during the Russian invasion.

An apartment building near Kiev’s Zhuliany airport was hit by a missile on Saturday. The assault injured at least six civilians, a rescue worker told The Associated Press.

The man said he believed the missile had been produced by Mikheev’s company and so opened the floodgates, flooding and severely damaging the engine room, according to the Daily Bulletin. Prior to becoming CEO of Rosoboronexport, Mikheev was managing director of Russian Helicopters, which is Russia’s largest rotorcraft manufacturer.

The sailor was released by the court and said he planned to return to Ukraine to help with the war effort, the Daily Bulletin reported, citing an interview he gave to local Spanish news outlet Ultima Hora.

Lady Anastasia was featured by Yacht Harbor in 2019 as having a listing price of €7 million. It is listed as having been built in 2001.


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