Opstapchuk was arrested and produced Sunday before a trial judge. The Ukrainians showed no remorse. “The judge considers the boat owner guilty of making money by selling weapons he believes will kill Ukrainians,” the judge wrote in an official statement from the trial, which was viewed by the AP news agency. The driver said he was well aware of his employer’s activities.
He said in an online news broadcast that he saw a Russian missile strike on an apartment building in Kiev, which resembled his own building and severely damaged five floors, turning into a “switch” in his head. “Weapons made by the boat owner are now being used against my own people,” Ostopsuk said.
He said he thought about what to do for a few hours before deciding to retaliate. According to the police report of the investigation, before opening the valves, Opstapchuk closed the fuel tanks of the boat to prevent contamination or damage to others and warned all Ukrainians who were members of the other crew.
Guardia told the Civil AP that it could not confirm reports of the boat’s ownership. “These luxury boats are usually registered in tax havens under the previous companies and do not have to be the final owners,” a spokesman said anonymously. Lady Anastasia was built in New Zealand, flies the flag of St. Vincent and the Caribbean Grenadines and is said to be worth 7 million euros.