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Committee Set Up To Rescue Ukrainian Sailors From Pirates


Somali pirates have been holding the "Faina" since September.

Somali pirates have been holding the "Faina" since September.

KYIV -- Relatives of the crew aboard the Ukrainian cargo ship "Faina" -- captured by pirates in Somalia in September -- have established a committee to rescue the sailors, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The "Faina -- S.O.S." committee has issued an open letter asking for assistance to return the sailors back home.

The letter says, "We are tired of listening to the government's promises to solve the crisis. We want our loved ones to be rescued immediately."

There are 17 Ukrainians among the crew members.
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