Ukrainian citizen released from captivity of pirates near Benin, - Foreign Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

He is a crew member of Tommi Ritscher. The vessel was captured in April
13:38, 25 May 2020

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A Ukrainian citizen has been released from pirates' captivity; he was taken hostage on a vessel off the coast of Benin last month. Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reported that on his Twitter account.

"Good news. Another citizen of Ukraine, the crew member of MV Tommi Ritscher, captured in the Gulf of Guinea on April 19, is free. Ukraine's embassy in the Federative Republic of Nigeria performed migration and customs procedures. Our sailor is in one of EU countries. Soon, he will be repatriated to his native land", Kuleba wrote.

In April, the 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.

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The diplomat said that on April 20, the Embassy

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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. 

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