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Ship containing 33 tanks seized by pirates.

Pirates off the cost of Somalia seized a Ukrainian ship carrying 33 tanks this Thursday, according to CNN.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Yury Yelhanurov told reporters that the ship, the Faina, also was carrying a large amount of ammunition and spare parts.

It was not initially known where the tanks we’re being transported too but according to the ITAR-Tass news agency the tanks were being sold to Kenya. Larisa Mudrak, a spokeswoman for Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko, said the tanks had been sold “in accordance with international law.?

According to CNN, Russia indicated they had sent a patrol ship to the eastern coast of Somalia Friday bud did not mention the situation with the Ukrainian ship specifically.

This attack brought the number of piracy incidents off the coat of Somalia to 61 this year, according to Noel Choong, leader of the Maritime Bureau’s piracy reporting center. Choong also told CNN the recent situation brings a total of 14 ships and 300 crewmembers under the pirates’ control.

The BBC reported Sunday that the US Navy destroyer, the USS Howard, had come in visual contact with the pirate-seized Ukrainian ship. A spokesman for the US Navy’s 5th Fleet told the BBC the destroyer was within 5 miles of the pirated ship but did not indicate whether the US Navy would intervene.

The BBC also reported that the pirates ransom demands for the safe return of the ship and its 21 crewmembers had fallen from $35 million to $20 million.