Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Ukrainian citizen on board French yacht Le Ponant captured by Somali pirates - Foreign Ministry

Representatives of the French Foreign Ministry Crisis Center confirmed presence of one Ukrainian woman with other hostages on board the French yacht Le Ponant captured by Somali pirates on April 5. The Consular Service of the Ukraine's Foreign Ministry approached directly the Crisis Center in order to specify the number of Ukrainian citizens on board the yacht due to contradictory information saying there are "from 10 to 20 Ukrainian citizens" on board the French yacht, press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported.

According to the Ukrainian Embassy in France, last night the yacht was staying near the Somali province of Puntland. The first contact with pirates was established April 6, however no conditions set so far from them.