Ukraine Expels Two Czech Diplomats For Spying

MOSCOW, Russia -- Two Czech diplomats have been expelled from Ukraine on suspicion of spying, Ukraine's security service said on Friday.

Ukraine expels Czech diplomats.

Col. Zdenek Kubicek and Maj. Petra Novotna were accused of spying and trying to gain access to Ukraine's military secrets.

"The Czech diplomat [Kubichek] was also interested in classified data related to Ukrainian projects in the tank industry and satellite navigation for Oplot tanks," security service spokeswoman Marina Osypenko said.

Osypenko said the diplomats - both defense attaches at the Czech Embassy in Kiev - were also caught buying confidential documents linked to Ukraine's ambitious Antonov An-70 transport plane and Antonov An-178 cargo aircraft.

In January, the Czech Republic granted political asylum to former Ukrainian economics minister Bohdan Danylyshyn, an ally of embattled opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

Source: RIA Novosti