Irate Ukrainian crew attempts to sink Russian’s superyacht
A 55-year-old Ukrainian who attempted to sink a luxury yacht reportedly belonging to Alexander Mijeev (CEO of Rosoboronexport, a Russian military weapons company), stated in court on Sunday: “I don’t regret anything I’ve done and I would do it again.”
Arrested for partially sinking the yacht in Port Adriano, the man identified in media as D. Taros O fully accepted total responsibility for what he’d done. He admitted opening a large valve in the engine room and a second in another compartment where the crew lives. He closed the fuel valves and turned off the electricity and told three other crewmen to abandon ship, according to Majorca Daily Bulletin.
He had been working on the circa seven-million euro yacht, Lady Anastasia, for some ten years. On Saturday, he watched television footage of a Russian cruise missile hitting a block of flats. He took it that this was a cruise missile produced by Mijeev’s company. Taros went to the yacht in Port Adriano, intent on revenge by causing material damage rather than personal.
Other crewmembers told him he was crazy. He reminded them that they were Ukrainians and that their homeland was under attack. However, they and other workers at Port Adriano tried to stop the water leak, the yacht having partially submerged while still tied to its moorings.
When the Guardia Civil arrived in Port Adriano on Saturday, Taros turned himself in and told officers: “My boss is a criminal who sells weapons that kill the Ukrainian people.”
He later told the judge: “I watched the news about the war. There was a video of a helicopter attack on a building in Kyiv. The armaments used are produced by the yacht owner’s company. They were attacking innocents.”
He appeared in court on Sunday and the judge released him on charges.
Lady Anastasia was built by Sensation Yachts in New Zealand at its Auckland shipyard. The exterior design was last renovated in 2010 and the interior was completed in 2001, according to La Razón.
A Ukrainian sailor in Mallorca opened the valves & “partially sank” a €7m yacht belonging to the director of Russia’s arms exporter.— Alec Luhn (@ASLuhn) February 27, 2022
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
Image: The yacht is in a restricted area at Port Adriano.
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