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Freed Ukrainian sailors return home

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The sailors of a Ukrainian ship freed by Somali pirates have arrived back in Kiev.

The MV Faina was seized in September, but was released last week after a 2.5 million euro ransom was paid. Welcomed by family members, the vessels 20 man crew were also greeted by President Viktor Yushchenko. The capture of the ship drew world attention because of the 33 soviet era tanks and other weapons it was carrying. Yushchenko has said Kiev will contribute to an EU led anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden. Piracy off the horn of Africa has become a major headache for international shipping after a spate of high profile hijackings. Navies from several countries are policing the region. Earlier today, a Russian warship captured 3 pirate vessels off the coast of Somalia.