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First paralympic medals in Russia under Ukraine shadow

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Athletes set out about turning the spotlight on to the sporting action as competition got under way in the Winter Paralympics on Saturday after an opening ceremony overshadowed by Russia's intervention in Crimea. 

Italy's Christian Lanthaler competes during the Men's Downhill Standing at the Paralympic Games in the Rosa Khutor stadium near Sochi on March 8, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin had opened the Games the night before in Sochi, which lies just southeast across the Black Sea from Ukraine's peninsula of Crimea which has been seized by pro-Moscow forces.

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