Relatives of crew of the vessel Faina demand a meeting with Yushchenko

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Relatives of the Ukrainian seamen captured by pirates on the vessel Faina demand a meeting with the president of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko.

About 20 relatives came to the Secretariat of the president with the relevant requirement.

Mother 2-го the mechanic with the taken vessel Oleg Pilipenko told that, despite of all assurances, funds aren't allocated for repayment of seamen for the present.

She promised that relatives of crew members won't leave the Secretariat of the president while they will be not accepted by Victor Yushchenko.

On September 25 pirates took at coast of Somalia the vessel Faina, as a part of which crew of 17 citizens of Ukraine. Onboard a vessel - 33 tanks T-72, grenade launchers, antiaircraft installations and ammunition which Ukraine sold to Kenya.

Negotiations with pirates on release of seamen carry out the Ministry of Defence of Kenya and shipowners.

The vessel is under supervision of several American ships from structure 5-го the fleet, which task - not to allow weapon unloading on the coast.

Pirates, according to different data, demand from 8 to 20 million dollars of repayment for seamen.

We will remind, yesterday pirates threatened to flood the vessel Faina, if repayment isn't paid till Tuesday.


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