Diplomats are taking measures to free the Ukrainian citizens.
Ukrainian president expresses gratitude to Ukrainian diplomats, everyone who had stake in sailors’ release KYIV, Ukraine Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced Saturday the release of six Ukrainian sailors previously kidnapped by pirates in Nigerian territorial waters.
Zelensky expressed gratitude to Ukrainian diplomats and everyone who had a stake in the sailors' release.
"Our citizens are safe and we expect their return to their homeland soon," Zelensky wrote on Instagram.
A crew of eight, including six Ukrainians, were kidnapped Dec. 16, when pirates attacked the ship, Stevia, off the coast of Nigeria.
According to Seafarers Journal, there were 15 crew members on board of the Stevia vessel that was attacked in the Gulf of Guinea.
Armed pirates took eight crew members hostage and fled in an unknown direction.
The daughter of one of the captured sailors told Seafarers Journal that her father is the chief mate of the vessel and he is definitely among the hostages.
She says six Ukrainians out of eight hostages are captain, chief mate, second mate, chief engineer, electro-technical officer, and wiper.
There are seven crew members left on the board.