Ukraine pole vault great and Olympic chief Sergei Bubka calls for peace in Kiev

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Ukrainian pole vault great Sergei Bubka is interviewed outside the headquarters hotel of the International Olympic Committee, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Sochi Russia on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. Bubka appealed Wednesday to both sides in his homeland's political crisis to halt the violence that has claimed dozens of lives and brought the country "to the brink of catastrophe." (AP Photo/Mark Carlson)

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"It is hard to focus on our bid operations under such circumstances," he said. "Events at home right now are of course our most important concern. Obviously, the conflict needs to be resolved before we can seriously be considered as hosts of the Winter Games."


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