Badass Ukrainians on a Portuguese-Flagged Canadian-Operated German Cruiseship Sink (?) Venezuelan Attack Boat

I vouch for absolutely none of this.

|The Volokh Conspiracy |

See these items from the Jerusalem Post, Portugal Resident, Columbia Cruise Services; from the Jerusalem Post:

A Venezuelan navy ship fired shots at a German-owned cruise ship on March 30 and rammed into the passenger vessel, leading to the sinking of the warship in the Caribbean.

… Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the captain of the RCGS RESOLUTE cruise ship of "terrorism and piracy" and sought to force the ship into a new direction on the high seas. The cruise ship, which had no passengers on board and was flying under a Portuguese flag, has a reinforced hull that enables it to sail through ice water.

And from the Portugal Resident:

The paper has learnt that the Resolute crew is entirely made up of Ukrainians [woo-hoo! -EV].

The boat, although registered in Madeira and flying a Portuguese flag, is the property of a German cruise company. It was being operated by a Canadian concern, One Ocean Expeditions, for commercial trips to the Antarctic but had been "idle in Panama for some months due to financial problems of One Ocean Expeditions."

This of course reminds me of the old Soviet joke, mocking the Communist slogans of "Friendship of the Peoples":

What is the Friendship of the Peoples? Friendship of the Peoples is when Armenians, Russians, Uzbeks, Ukrainians, and Latvians join hands and go together to beat up a Jew.

(See here for a version where they beat up a Georgian, perhaps because it's framed as a Radio Yerevan joke.) Unsurprisingly, I don't go for a real-world version of that as such, but when Ukrainians, Portuguese, Germans, and Canadians (sailing out of Panama) sink a Venezuelan military boat, especially one that seemed to be up to no good ….

Thanks to InstaPundit for the pointer.

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  1. Socialist ship rams capitalist ship, winds up sinking itself. A metaphor for the Sanders campaign, maybe?

  2. “You sank my battleship!”

  3. Ramming an icebreaker…

    Yea, that is only something that a leftist bureaucrat would think a good idea. Although I’m wondering what the empty ship was really doing there. Picking up people fleeing that socialist hell hole?

  4. All news is local.

    The Jerusalem Post tags the Venezuelan regime as “The Iranian regime-allied Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro”.

  5. Any survivors from the Venezuelan craft? Am not seeing any information on this; or am too distracted for a good reading. Will guess if no, then Maduro administration will hang the crew out as (and they may have been) acting on their own, not as representatives of the Venezuelan government. Thus, piracy. Tho’ maritime law isn’t really my area.

    1. All reports I have read say they were all rescued.

  6. In the version I saw, the Venezuelan Navy ship deliberately turned and rammed the side of the cruise ship. They scored an own-goal and it’s fine with me.

  7. Lots of speculation but the Portuguese resident article contains several factual errors.
    The cruise ship had been nowhere near Panama and few of the crew were Ukrainian.

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