Source Pravda.Ru

Ukrainian ship seized by pirates near Somali coast, Ukrainian authorities negotiate release

Pirates seized a Ukrainian cargo ship off the Somali coast for ransom, and Ukrainian authorities have initiated negotiations with them, a Foreign Ministry official said Friday.

The vessel, Panagia, with 22 crew on board, was hijacked about 100 miles (160 kilometers) off the Somali coast on Tuesday. The pirates have demanded a US$700,000 (Ђ585,000) ransom.

"We have spoken with the captain of the ship ... all the Ukrainian citizens are alive and well," ministry spokesman Dmytro Svystkov said.

Ukraine has ordered its diplomats to ask the authorities of France, Great Britain and the United States, as well as NATO officials, to "review all the options for freeing the ship and the crew," he said, reports the AP.

P.T.

Comments
Russia may voluntarily return Crimea to Ukraine
USA tramples on human rights to protect Israel
Russians start protesting against retirement age law
Russia improves Uran-9 combat robotic machine
Russia sends assault ships to counter US aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean Sea
Russia improves Uran-9 combat robotic machine
Russia improves Uran-9 combat robotic machine
USA tramples on human rights to protect Israel
USA tramples on human rights to protect Israel
USA tramples on human rights to protect Israel
USA tramples on human rights to protect Israel
Western experts say Russia's aircraft carrier is the worst in the history of world navy
USA tramples on human rights to protect Israel
Russia may voluntarily return Crimea to Ukraine
Pentagon to deliver F-35 fighter bombers to Turkey bypassing Congress approval
USA tramples on human rights to protect Israel
From where I stand: "We need men who will stand up for the rights of women and girls"
Russians start protesting against retirement age law
Russia improves Uran-9 combat robotic machine
USA tramples on human rights to protect Israel
Pentagon to deliver F-35 fighter bombers to Turkey bypassing Congress approval