Putin thanks Paralympics for eschewing politics

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 13, 2014 at 8:23 am •  Published: March 13, 2014
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Russia has described the troops in Crimea who wear green uniforms without insignia as local "self-defense forces." But many of the troops, who are armed with advanced heavy weaponry, are being transported by vehicles with Russian license plates.

Despite Ukraine claiming its sovereignty and territorial integrity had been violated by Russia, the country still sent a team to Sochi. Ukraine is third in the medals table, which is headed by Russia.

Putin maintained that the Winter Paralympics, which are witnessing record global television interest and unprecedented crowds at venues, had displayed "our invariably kind attitude towards friends."

"Russia has sincerely tried to host these games at the highest level so that they could strengthened the spirit of the Paralympic movement and its values, not only in Russia but all around the world," Putin said.

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