There are two Ukrainian nationals with the crew of the Mattheos I tanker captured by pirates Wednesday off the West African coast, about 62 nautical miles from Benin's capital of Cotonou, Foreign Minister's spokesman Oleksandr Dykusarov told UKRINFORM Thursday.

"The Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Cyprus has confirmed the presence of two Ukrainian citizens among 23 crew members of the hijacked Mattheos I ship," he said.

According to the Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA), the attack took place in the Gulf of Guinea at a distance of 40 nautical miles from the Niger delta.

The Ukrainian embassy in Spain, Nigeria and the Republic of Cyprus have been urgently ordered to contact the ship's operating company, as well as the competent authorities of the countries, Dykusarov said.

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