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Ukrainians wanted to sink a Russian's yacht

Personal revenge: Because of the attack on his homeland, a Ukrainian living on Mallorca wanted to sink the ship of his Russian boss. It will now be difficult for him to leave the country.

PALMA – In Mallorca, a Ukrainian seaman has reportedly attempted to sink his Russian employer’s yacht in response to the invasion of his homeland.

The police on the Spanish holiday island arrested the man on Sunday, as reported by the regional newspapers “Diario de Mallorca” and “Última Hora” and other Spanish media, citing the Mallorcan authorities. The police unit Guardia Civil (Civil Guard) in Palma confirmed these reports on request.

According to reports, the act happened on Saturday in the posh port of Porto Adriano near Santa Ponsa in the south-west of the Mediterranean island. The Ukrainian, who worked as a machine operator on the luxury yacht “Lady Anastasia”, opened several valves, among other things. The aim was to flood the engine room. The around 7 million euro expensive and 48 meter long yacht was badly damaged, it said. There were no injuries.

Acted for revenge

Before the judge, the man from Kyiv admitted the crime and said he acted in revenge for the Russian attack. He is said to have said that his boss is a high-ranking member of a Russian company that produces weapons of war. His home in Ukraine was destroyed in the Russian attack, he was quoted as saying. After the hearing, the man was released subject to conditions.

The “Diario de Mallorca” wrote that she had spoken to the man. He said he intends to return to Ukraine soon and fight for his country. It was said that he had bought a plane ticket to Poland. Due to the ongoing investigations against him, he will probably not be allowed to leave Spain.

According to official figures, around 2,100 Ukrainians and around 2,000 Russians live on Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands. dpa

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