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13:06, February 14, 2009

Ukrainian sailors back home after pirates release ship


A sailor of the Ukrainian Faina ship captured by Somali pirates hugs his relative at the Kiev International Airport in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, on Feb. 13, 2009. Ukrainian sailors from a hijacked cargo ship arrived in Kiev on Friday after more than four months in the hands of Somali pirates. (Xinhua/Mykola Lazarenko)

Ukrainian sailors from a hijacked cargo ship arrived in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, on Friday after more than four months in the hands of Somali pirates.

Twenty crew members of the Faina ship trooped down a gangway at Kiev International Airport to be greeted by President Viktor Yushchenko and their relatives.

"We have decided to take part in an international initiative within the EU's program to fight piracy," Yushchenko told the gathering.


A sailor of the Ukrainian Faina ship captured by Somali pirates hugs his relatives at the Kiev International Airport in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, on Feb. 13, 2009. Ukrainian sailors from a hijacked cargo ship arrived in Kiev on Friday after more than four months in the hands of Somali pirates. (Xinhua/Mykola Lazarenko)

"Talks are now proceeding on our participation. But we must now pay several million dollars so that our ships may be present thereto protect ships under a Ukrainian flag," he added.

Pirates seized the Faina off the Horn of Africa in late September last year as it headed toward Kenya with a cargo of 33 tanks and other heavy weapons.


A sailor of the Ukrainian Faina ship captured by Somali pirates hugs his relative at the Kiev International Airport in Kiev, capital of Ukraine, on Feb. 13, 2009. Ukrainian sailors from a hijacked cargo ship arrived in Kiev on Friday after more than four months in the hands of Somali pirates. (Xinhua/Mykola Lazarenko)

Source:Xinhua

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