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Sochi 2014: Ukraine Paralympic chief says it will quit Games if Russia invades

Published on Mar 7, 2014 8:46 PM
 
Ukraine's Paralympic chief, Valeriy Sushkevich, said on Friday, March 7, 2014, his team would quit the Winter Paralympic Games if Russia invaded his home country, and that he hoped the competition would be able to spread peace instead. -- PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI (REUTERS) - Ukraine's Paralympic chief, Valeriy Sushkevich, said on Friday his team would quit the Winter Paralympic Games if Russia invaded his home country, and that he hoped the competition would be able to spread peace instead.

Russia is holding the Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi at a time when it is being criticises for its actions in Ukraine's southern region of Crimea, where the West blames Russia for seizing military and government institutions.

Moscow says the armed men in Crimea are members of local self-defence units. While Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has the right to send in troops to defend Russian compatriots there but that so far he sees no need to do so.

"If there is an escalation of the conflict, intervention on the territory of our country, God forbid the worst, we would not be able to stay here, we would go," Sushkevich told a news conference.

 
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