Seven Ukrainian nationals, all part of the crew of the Portuguese-flagged container ship MSC TALIA F who were captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea on March 22, were released from captivity.

That's according to Dmytro Kuleba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

"On March 22, pirates captured seven Ukrainian nationals, crew of MSC TALIA F, in the Gulf of Guinea. The Ukrainian Consul, the Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria, and the ship owner had joined efforts toward their release. I'm happy to finally inform: our sailors are already free, safe, and will soon be heading home,” the top diplomat wrote on Twitter.

As UNIAN reported earlier, seven Ukrainian sailors from the MSC Talia F container ship, flying the flag of Madeira, Portugal, have been captured by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, off the coast of Africa.

The vessel was heading from the port of Lomé (Togo) to the port of Libreville (Gabon), the Seafarers said on March 22. There were 17 crew members on board. During the attack, the pirates captured seven sailors, all of them are reportedly Ukrainian nationals.