Ukraine’s Danube shipping under piracy threat

Ukraine has complained to the European Union about a dozen or so incidents in which Ukrainian cargo ships travelling along the river Danube were attacked by Romanian or sometimes Serbian pirates.

Unlike their brethren in the Gulf of Aden, Danube pirates never seize ships, but only loot whatever they deem to be of value on them. Metal parts, building supplies and even grain have been profusely stolen.

The thieves usually board poorly-guarded barges waiting to join convoys to be led by pilots through difficult river stretches.

Symptomatically, Somalia is the poorest country in East Africa, and Romania is the poorest country in the European Union.

Voice of Russia,


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