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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiev Deports 3 Chines

KIEV () -- Ukraine deported three Chinese citizens Wednesday for allegedly trying to steal strategic data from a Ukrainian missile plant on ICBM engines, officials said.

Security agents detained the three along with a group of employees from the Yuzhmash missile factory in Dnipropetrovsk on Monday, said Vitaly Kolokhin, spokesman for the regional security service. The three men, representatives from a machine building institute in China, were in Ukraine for consultations with their Ukrainian counterparts at Yuzhmash.

The Chinese men had obtained classified documents on engine construction for intercontinental ballistic missiles, and Kolokhin said the security agents had proof that the men were intending to bring the materials back to China.