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The Margin: Ukrainian sailor reportedly tries to sink Russian oligarch’s yacht: ‘I would do it again’


A Russian oligarch’s yacht was damaged in Spain’s Balaeric Islands over the weekend, reportedly by a Ukrainian sailor seeking revenge for Russia’s invasion of his home country.

According to reports by two local news outlets, Ultima Hora and the English-language Majorca Daily Bulletin, the 55-year-old Ukrainian boat mechanic proudly admitted his actions in court, saying: “I don’t regret anything I’ve done and I would do it again.”

The luxury yacht, the 155-foot-long Lady Anastasia, with an estimated value of nearly $8 million, reportedly belongs to Alexander Mikheev, CEO of Russian arms company Rosoboronexport.

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“My boss is a criminal who sells weapons that kill the Ukrainian people,” the Ukrainian sailor, identified only as D. Taras O., reportedly told officers when he was arrested.

According to the reports, he was outraged after seeing video of a Ukrainian apartment block that was hit by a Russian missile. Appearing before a judge Sunday, the man reportedly said: “The armaments used are produced by the yacht owner’s company. They were attacking innocents.”

He reportedly opened large valves in the engine room and crew quarters, turned off the electricity and told the other three crewmen to abandon ship.

The yacht did not entirely sink, but appeared to be riding low in the water in photos. It was unclear how much damage was inflicted.

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