More than three billion viewers have watched the opening ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympics, which was held at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi (Russia).

 World Championships bronze medalist Valentyna Shevchenko carried the Ukrainian flag during the parade of teams participating in the Olympics, Ukrinform reported.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych greeted the Ukrainian team from the stands.

Ukraine's team is represented by 43 athletes who will perform in nine of the 15 sports.

In total, 98 sets of medals will be played out at the Olympic Games.

The closing ceremony will be held on February 23.