"Today, 6 Ukrainian sailors - members of the crew of the Stevia ship, who were held in pirate captivity in Nigeria for a month and a half, were released. Our citizens are safe, we are waiting for their early return to their homeland," the president wrote.
Zelensky thanked the Ukrainian diplomats who negotiated to return the prisoners to their homeland.
In December last year, the cargo ship Stevia was attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea near the coast of Nigeria. The pirates kidnapped eight crew members.
Among the eight hostages, six are Ukrainians (the captain, the chief mate, the 2nd mate, the chief mech, the electrician and the viper).
The vessel, registered in Cameroon, was en route from southern Nigeria to Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire when it was attacked.
This was the 27th kidnapping case in the region in 2020, with 138 people abducted by pirates, according to the analyst report.