Piracy latest: Russian ship nears Somali coast
According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, the lives of the crew are now a priority and a rescue could happen soon.
The U.S. Navy has surrounded the hijacked ship and released photos showing all the sailors in good health.
AFP Photo / Jason R. Zalasky
The Ukrainian registered ‘Faina’ – which had been bound for Kenya – was seized by Somali pirates off the African coast on September 25. It is carrying 33 tanks as well as other military equipment and the pirates are demanding $8m for its release. Originally it was reported that they had demanded $22m, but it’s believed they have now reduced it.