Seven Ukrainian sailors freed from captivity of African pirates

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukrainians were held captive for more than two months
19:42, 24 May 2020

Seven Ukrainian sailors, who were crew members of the Portuguese ship MSC TALIA F captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea this March, were released from captivity. Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba wrote about this on his Twitter page.

“On March 22, pirates captured seven Ukrainian citizens, crew members of MSC TALIA F in the Gulf of Guinea. The Ukrainian consul, the Ukrainian embassy in Nigeria, the shipowning company worked together to release them. I am happy to finally inform: our sailors are already free, safe, and will be heading home soon,” he said.

We recall, on March 22, off the coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea, pirates attacked the MCS TALIA F, sailing under the flag of Portugal. It became known that seven crew members - citizens of Ukraine - were abducted from the ship. In total, there were 17 people on board.

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Earlier, pirates attacked the ship Rio Mitong off the coast of Equatorial Guinea and reportedly abducted a Ukrainian sailor. The director of the Consular Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Serhiy Pohoreltsev said this in a comment to Ukrinform.

According to the diplomat, a pirate attack occurred on May 10 near the port of Malabo (Equatorial Guinea); Rio Mitong sailed under the flag of Comoros, and the shipowner was Belgian company Smart S & P SA.

"According to preliminary information, as a result of the attack, one citizen of Ukraine, a crew member of the vessel, was captured and taken to an unknown destination," Pohoreltsev noted.

He said that the Embassy of Ukraine in Belgium is establishing contact with the shipowner and the operator of the vessel regarding verification of this information and clarification of the circumstances of the case. In addition, the Ukrainian Embassy in Senegal, which is responsible for Equatorial Guinea, and the Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria, which is the closest diplomatic institution to the scene, applied to the local competent authorities to confirm the capture of a Ukrainian citizen

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