MOSCOW— The Latest on the opening day of the World Cup (all times local):

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Russia’s rival neighbor Georgia is denouncing the Kremlin’s decision to showcase the leaders of two breakaway regions at the opening of the World Cup.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host the leaders of Abkhazia and South Ossetia at Thursday’s opening match in Moscow.

The Georgian president’s foreign relations secretary, Tengiz Pkhaladze, told The Associated Press that “Russia is trying to use a sports forum to legitimize its unlawful actions.” He urged the international community not to allow Russia to whitewash its actions.

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