European Olympic committees donate $100,000 to support athletes in Ukraine

Ukraine sent just one athlete to the Sochi Paralympic Opening Ceremony as part of the Russian protest. 

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European Olympic committees have donated $100,000 to support athletes in Ukraine amid the country’s political crisis.

Pole vault great Sergei Bubka, who heads Ukraine’s national Olympic committee, says the donation "will give our work a significant boost."

Bubka says in a statement Thursday from Kiev that the financial support shows that Ukraine is "recognized as a full part of the European Olympic process."

The European donation comes two weeks after the International Olympic Committee gave $300,000 to help Ukrainian athletes.

Tension between Ukraine and Russia has increased since the Sochi Olympics in February. The Ukrainian government is currently battling an insurgency in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists.

A western Ukrainian city, Lviv, is among four bidders for the 2022 Winter Olympics.