Vladimir Putin plays ice hockey - level 3
Russian President Vladimir Putin has played in an ice hockey game in Sochi.
The Russian President also took part in a moment of silence before the game for those who died a day earlier in violence in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol.
Players in the Night Hockey League game included amateurs like Putin along with former professional athletes.
The League was created by Putin in 2011 to keep athletes competing after they’ve reached the age of 40. Russian television showed footage of Putin scoring a goal and the crowd cheering. The President spoke to journalists after the game.
“We don’t have winners and losers. It’s a friendly game. It’s a show and all of us enjoyed it.”
Inside the stadium, a Russian flag hung next to a Ukrainian flag. Russian news reported that the event began with a moment of silence for victims of the violence in Mariupol, where Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian soldiers fought in a police station in the port city.
Difficult words: troop (soldier).
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