A Ukrainian citizen was captured due to the attack of pirates on the Tommi Ritscher ship. The raid took place off the coast of Benin, in Africa. Serhiy Pohoreltsev, the director of the Department of Consulate Service of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry reported that as quoted by Ukrinform news agency.
The diplomat said that on April 20, the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany was informed of the incident, in which the vessel was raided by pirates. Tommy Ritscher, under the Portuguese flag, was operated by German company Transeste Schiffahrt Gmbh. "According to the preliminary information, one citizen of Ukraine, the vessel crew member, a Ukrainian citizen was captured and taken in the unknown direction", he said.
The official added that Ukraine's Consulate General in Hamburg set contact with the German company that owns the vessel to find out the details. Besides, the Embassy in Nigeria turned to the authorities in Benin, trying to get the confirmation of the captivity of Ukrainian citizen.
"The case is unber control of the involved Ukrainian diplomatic offices and the Department of Consulate Service of the Foreign Ministry", Pohoreltsev said.