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Ukraine's big freeze claims more lives


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Ukraine's big freeze claims more lives

Officials in Ukraine said 122 people have now died in the country’s coldest winter for six years.

Temperatures have dropped as low as minus 33 degrees Celsius

Most victims were homeless and Ukraine’s emergencies ministry has pitched shelters in Kiev and other towns and cities.

“I live in social care,” said Alexander, a homeless man from the capital.

“They push us out at 8 am. So where should I go after that? It is good they have these places to warm up.”

The sub-zero temperatures have moved west over the past week.

Heavy snow has grounded all flights out of Sarajevo airport in Bosnia.

The cold snap now also has Italy in its grasp.

Italy is one of eight EU countries hit by a drop in Russian gas deliveries, according to an EU spokeswoman, due to increased domestic demand in Russia.


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