Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko charged competent Ministries and departments of Ukraine to take all necessary measures to release the crew of the seized Faina vessel in order to protect rights and interests of citizens of Ukraine, the press office of the President reports.

On September 25 pirates have seized the Faina vessel with 21 people aboard, including 17 Ukrainian citizens, 3 Russian citizens and 1 citizen of Latvia.

Representative of the company informed that three motorboats with armed people tied up to the Faina at about 4.00 p.m., then the communication with its captain was broken.


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