Case dropped against Ukrainian who tried to sink Russian yacht

A court in Palma de Mallorca has dropped a case against the Ukrainian engineer Taras Ostapchuk, who tried to sink luxury yacht Lady Anastasia (IMO 8742496), owned by Russian Alexander Mikheev, the managing director of Rosoboronexport, Russia’s largest state-owned armaments production and sales company.

The man, employed as engineer on the vessel, opened valves in the engine room of the vessel on February 26th, two days after Russia invaded Ukraine. The yacht was in Port Adriano at the time.

Ostapchuk freely admitted that he wanted revenge for the Russian invasion of his homeland. He was arrested by the Guardia Civil and released after he testified in court. Ostapchuk then left Mallorca to fight in Ukraine.

The court justified the temporary suspension of the proceedings with the fact that it was impossible to locate Ostapchuk, and that he was only accused of minor damage to property.

The yacht was confiscated by Spanish authorities a few weeks after the incident.

2001-built, St Vincent & Grenadines-flagged, 476 gt Lady Anastasia is owned by Homeland Shipping Ltd care of MSA Marmara Yachting LLC of Odesa, Ukraine. No AIS since late January.