5 Ukrainians among Baghdad Hostages

Politics | April 13, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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The group of hostages held by Iraqi insurgents in Baghdad includes five Ukrainians, initially believed to be all Russian nationals.

One of the eight hostages kidnapped in the latest chapter of Iraq's ongoing foreign hostage crisis has already been set free, the others are still missing.

The Russians and Ukrainians were seized as they relaxed in the courtyard of their house in the Iraqi capital. Their abduction follows the release of seven Chinese men kidnapped on Sunday near the city of Falluja.

Earlier in April ex-Soviet Ukraine pulled out its troops in Kut, following heavy fighting. A Ukrainian serviceman was killed together with other 34 coalition troops.

Ukraine's 1650-strong unit is deployed in Iraq as part of the coalition forces troops.
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