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Ukrainian athletes hold a banner calling for peace at the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing

ZHANGJIAKOU, China — Ukrainian athletes and officials appealed for peace on Thursday at the Winter Paralympics in Beijing, unfurling a banner, observing a minute’s silence and calling for an end to the war sparked by Russia’s invasion of their country.

Led by National Paralympic Committee President Valerii Sushkevych, the entire 20-strong delegation delivered a “peace to all” message accompanied by raised fists.

“This one minute is about thousands of people, including children and others with disabilities, in Ukraine,” Sushkevych said. “When mankind is civilized, this war must end. People, women and children deserve to live, not to die.”

A member of the Ukrainian team cries during a minute's silence in Zhangjiakou Sports Village.
A member of the Ukrainian team cries during a minute’s silence in Zhangjiakou Sports Village.
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Members of Team Ukraine hold up a banner reading 'Peace to All' at the Athletes' Village on day six of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.
Members of Team Ukraine hold up a banner reading ‘Peace to All’ at the Athletes’ Village on day six of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.
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Head coach Andriy Nesterenko said many cities had been destroyed, adding that seven members of the team belonged to Kharkiv, which was besieged by Russian forces.

“The Russians have bombed many hospitals and schools… we need your support today, not later. Humans attacking civilian areas cannot be human… we kindly ask for safe skies over Ukraine.”

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” and denies shooting at civilians.


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Ukraine has done well at the Paralympics despite almost missing out on the war in the Chinese capital, sitting third in the table with six gold medals behind hosts China and Canada.

Teams from Russia and Belarus, which were an important staging area for Russian forces, were not allowed to participate.

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