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In pictures: Paralympic Winter Games kick off in Sochi

With a solitary Ukrainian athlete taking part in the opening ceremony, Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Winter Paralympics in Sochi on Friday against the backdrop of his country’s military action in Crimea

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Canada's flag-bearer Sonja Gaudet (C), leads his country's contingent during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, March 7, 2014.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, March 7, 2014.

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Biathlete Mykhaylo Tkachenko, the sole athelete representing Ukraine, enters the arena during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics at the Fisht Olympic stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014.

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Performers take part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi March 7, 2014.

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In this photo taken Thursday, March 6, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, greets athletes during his visit to the mountain Paralympic village in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

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Performers carry the Russian national flag during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, March 7, 2014.

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An icebreaker ship called 'Peace' carries the Paralympic and Russian flags during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi March 7, 2014.

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The Russian flag flies as performers participate in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics at the Fisht Olympic stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics at the Fisht Olympic stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, March 7, 2014.

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