Somali pirates seize ship carrying Ukrainians: Kiev

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Somali pirates have seized a vessel carrying 12 sailors including Ukrainians, Filipinos, Poles and Russians in the Indian Ocean, Ukraine's foreign ministry said on Monday.

The German-owned MV Beluga Nomination was captured 100 kilometres (62 miles) off the Seychelles, a ministry statement said, but it did not indicate the number of nationals from each country.

Around 1,200 sailors were taken hostage by pirates in 2010, mostly in the Indian Ocean, a number the International Maritime Bureau has described as "alarming."

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