The pirates who hijacked the Eleni P, a ship with a citizen of Ukraine on board, in May 2010 have agreed on the amount of a ransom, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dykusarov has said.
"According to the Ukrainian Embassy in Greece, the agreement on the conditions for the release of the ship was achieved," he said. However, Dykusarov declined to specify the amount of the ransom.
It is planned that after the transfer of the ransom and seaworthiness checks, the bulk carrier, accompanied by a Greek Navy frigate that participates in the European Union's Atalanta anti-piracy operation, will head for one of the nearest safe ports.
According to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, there are no problems on board the vessel linked to the health of its crewmembers and the provision of them with drinking water and food.
The talks on the release of the ship were conducted by the ship's owner.
The pirates seized the Eleni P 250 nautical miles off the coast of Oman on May 12, 2010. UKRINFORM
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