The Ukrainian sailor who tried to sink the boat of the Russian millionaire was detained in Mallorca, Spain. “I do not regret anything. I will do it again. The owner of this ship is a criminal and now makes his living by selling weapons that kill Ukrainians,” the man told the judge.
The Lady Anastasia is valued at about 7 million euros and is owned by Alexander Mikheev, former chairman of the Russian Helicopter Corporation and CEO of the Russian military arms company Rosoboronexport.
The 55-year-old, identified as D. Taras O. by law enforcement, worked as a mechanic at Lady Anastasia for about ten years. On Saturday he opened a valve in the engine room and a second valve in the staff apartment. He then closed the fuel valves and turned off the electrical system, then told the other three crew members, the Ukrainians, to abandon the ship. Thanks to the port crew, the ship sank only partially, but the damage was substantial.
In court, the sailor said he acted while watching a news program on television. “I saw the news of the war. There was a video of a helicopter attack on a building in Kiev. The weapons used were made by the boat owner’s company. They are attacking innocent people,” he told the judge. The first trial released him pending trial.
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