Pirates to free Ukraine arms ship

Vessel seized in September to be released following ransom payment


Somalia does not have a coast guard or navy because it has not had a functioning government since warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991. They then turned on each other, reducing Somalia to anarchy and chaos.

___

Associated Press writers Barbara Surk in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Katharine Houreld in Nairobi, Kenya; Yana Sedova in Kiev, Ukraine; and Vladimir Isachenkov and Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this report.


Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.