Ukrainian Sailor in Majorca Tries to Sink Yacht of Russian Boss


A Ukrainian sailor has admitted trying to sink a yacht owned by the head of a Russian state arms firm, in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine.

The 48m (157ft) Lady Anastasia, which belongs to Rosoboronexport director general Alexander Mikheev, was docked in Majorca in Spain when the mechanic opened valves in its engine room.

He was arrested by Civil Guard officers on Saturday and later released on bail.

He told a judge that he regretted nothing and would do it again. The man said he tried to scuttle Mr Mikheev’s yacht after watching news reports from Ukraine on the television. “They were attacking innocents.”

The 156ft luxury yacht, named Lady Anastasia, was moored at Pord Adriano by Alexander Mijeev, a former head of the Russian Helicopter Corporation who took over state-owned weapons supplier Rostec six years ago.

Mijeev’s member of staff, who had worked for him for several years, decided to sink the ship shortly after Russia’s invasion began.

He allegedly opened three valves on the five-cabin yacht so it would take on water ‘in an act of revenge’, according to Mallorcan newspaper Ultima Hora.

On Saturday, a high-rise apartment building near Kyiv’s Zhuliany airport was hit by a missile, leaving a hole covering at least five floors.

There was no immediate comment from Mr Mikheev or Rosoboronexport, which exports Russian defence products, including tanks, fighting vehicles, aircraft, ships, weapons and ammunition.

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