Somali Pirates Seize Ukrainian Ship

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    Oct. 21: The Russian frigate Neustrashimy makes its way through the Suez canal, in the town of Suez, Egypt. A Russian Navy spokesman said the Neustrashimy will join military vessels from other nations protecting shipping in pirate-infested waters off Somalia, who are surrounding an arms-laden Ukrainian vessel seized by Somali pirates three weeks ago.

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    Map shows pirate hijackings in the Gulf of Aden off coast of Somalia.

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    Oct. 19: Somali pirates holding the merchant vessel MV Faina stand on the deck of the ship.

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    Oct. 13: Olena Prysukha, wife of Oleksandr, an aide to the captain of the Ukrainian MV Faina captured by pirates off the coast of Somalia, holds up a letter to Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko near the building of the presidential secretariat in Kiev, Ukraine. A dozen relatives of the Faina crew came to Kiev from the sea port of Odessa to demand that Ukraine pay the ransom to the pirates. The pirates have threatened to destroy the vessel Monday night or early Tuesday unless the ship owners pay a ransom of up to $20 million.

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    Oct. 7: Pirates leave the Ukrainian merchant vessel MV Faina for Somalia's shore while under observation by a U.S. Navy ship. The MV Faina, which is carrying a cargo of Ukrainian T-72 tanks and related military equipment, was seized by pirates Sept. 25 and forced to proceed to anchorage off the Somali coast. A pirate spokesman said Thursday the Somali bandits holding the ship laden with tanks are open to negotiations about their ransom demands.

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    Oct. 3: Pirates holding the hijacked cargo ship Faina conduct resupply operations while under observation by a U.S. Navy ship off the coast of Somalia, according to the U.S. Navy. A Somali pirate on the hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship laden with tanks, reduced the ransom demand Tuesday to $8 million.

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    Oct. 6: Somali pirates who seized a Ukranian ship vow to fight to the death against superpowers; here, the crew emerges after a U.S. Navy welfare check.

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    Oct. 3: Pirates holding the Faina conduct a resupply while under observation by a U.S. Navy ship. The Belize-flagged cargo ship is carrying a cargo of Ukrainian T-72 tanks and related military equipment. The ship was seized by pirates Sept. 25 and forced to proceed to an anchorage off the Somali Coast.

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    Sept. 30: A commanding officer of a U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser monitors the pirated Ukrainian cargo ship Faina in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia.

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    Sept. 29: Pirates holding Ukrainian-operated ship Faina off the coast of Somalia receive supplies while under observation by the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf. U.S. warships and helicopters on Monday surrounded the hijacked cargo ship which is loaded with Sudan-bound tanks and other arms, to keep the weapons from falling 'into the wrong hands,' an American Navy spokesman said. The pirates who seized the ship Thursday are demanding a $20 million ransom.

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    Sept. 30: Hassan Marican, right, chairman of Malaysian shipping line MISC Berhad, answers a question during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Malaysian shipping line says Somali pirates have released its second hijacked tanker in exchange for a ransom.

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    Sept. 28: Somali pirates in small boats are seen alongside the hijacked ‘Faina.’

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    Sept. 28: Somali pirates in small boats are seen alongside the hijacked ‘Faina.’

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    Sept. 28: Small boats belonging to Somali pirates are seen alongside the hijacked ‘Faina.

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    Sept. 28: Somali pirates in small boats are seen alongside the hijacked ‘Faina.’

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