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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- The Foreign Ministry says pirates have seized a Ukrainian-operated ship off Somalia.

The ministry says the Faina was sailing with 21 people on board under the Belize flag, though it is operated by Ukrainian managing company Tomax Team Inc.

The ministry says in a statement that the ship's captain reported being surrounded by three boats of armed men Thursday afternoon.

The ship's passengers include 17 Ukrainian citizens including the captain, as well as three Russians and one Latvian citizen.

The ministry had no information on the ship's cargo. But the Interfax news agency cited an unnamed source as saying the ship was loaded with about 30 T-72 tanks and spare parts for them.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/europe/09 ... index.html

Pirates is one thing, but pirates with fuckin' tanks on their ships? It's like the new generation of cannons. :cool:

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t-72's are about a generation behind modern tanks, but they are no slouches. Especially in Aftrica where they aren't going to go up against any armor.

The pirates won't be able to do anything with the cargo other than sell it, they probably don't have the means to get offload them from the ship let alone enough knowledge to even operate them.

Russia is probably going to want their tanks back, I don't see this ending well.

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