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Sochi 2014: 'Shocked' Ukraine Olympic chief Bubka urges end to violence

Published on Feb 19, 2014 8:14 PM
 
Ukrainian Olympic Committee chief and former pole vault champion Sergey Bubka on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014, called for an end to violence in his country as Ukraine's athletes struggled to focus on competing at the Sochi Winter Games. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SOCHI, Russia (REUTERS) - Ukrainian Olympic Committee chief and former pole vault champion Sergey Bubka on Wednesday called for an end to violence in his country as Ukraine's athletes struggled to focus on competing at the Sochi Winter Games.

"I'm shocked by what is happening in my native country," said Bubka, who is also an adviser to the President of Ukraine and an executive board member of the International Olympic Committee. "Deep condolences to all victims in Ukraine.

"I am once again urging all parties to stop the violence. There is not 'their' Ukraine, or 'your' Ukraine. It is OUR Ukraine," he wrote in a statement.

At least 26 people were killed in anti-government protests, and on Wednesday, President Viktor Yanukovich accused pro-European opposition leaders of trying to seize power by force.

 
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