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Russian diplomat ordered to depart Ukraine for 'spying'

An unidentified Russian naval attache has been asked to leave Kiev following the Ukrainian foreign ministry's determination that the Russian diplomat was engaged in "spying activities on April 30th."
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   May 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM
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KIEV, Ukraine, May 1 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian government announced Thursday that it has declared a Russian naval attache 'person non grata.'

The unidentified Russian diplomat was accused of committing espionage.

According to a Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman: "The naval attache of the Russian Embassy in Ukraine has been declared persona non grata for acts incompatible with his diplomatic status, in accordance with the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations."

Those "incompatible" acts included unspecified "spying activities on April 30th," according to the ministry's Facebook page.

The spokesman noted, "The diplomat will have to leave the territory of the country as soon as possible."

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