Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a speech on Thursday to sports officials attending the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, stating Moscow did not instigate the Crimea crisis. After Russia’s military takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, several nations, including the United States and Britain, refused to send delegations to the opening ceremony last week. The concluding ceremony on Sunday will coincide with Crimea’s referendum — denounced by Ukraine’s government and Western nations as illegal — on whether to join Russia.
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