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Putin opens Paralympics as protest staged over Crimea crisis

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Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Winter Paralympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday and was immediately confronted by an emotional Ukrainian protest on a politically-charged night.  

Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd L) and International Paralympic Committee President Sir Philip Craven (L) attend the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi on March 7, 2014

As athletes from 45 countries took part in the opening ceremony, only one Ukrainian competitor appeared in a symbolic, scaled-down presence of the country that has denounced Russia's intervention in Crimea.

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