Oct. 27th, Russia Today claims
"The Somali pirates who hijacked a Ukrainian freighter, the Faina, have issued an ultimatum. According to reports on Somali radio they've threatened to kill 20 crew members, if a multi-million dollar ransom is not paid within 24 hours."
It also makes comments that Russia may take some action.
"The Russian warship, 'Neustrashimy' (Fearless,) is now off the Somali coast where it will conduct anti-piracy patrols. It may also be used to intercept the Ukrainian freighter captured a month ago."
There are no reports in the African press regarding the ultimatum by the Pirates.
Could be the Russians are looking for an excuse.