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Friday, September 19, 2014


Freeze Frames

Published 18 December 2012

Bitterly cold temperatures and blizzards are making life painful across Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Health authorities in Kyiv say at least 37 people have died in Ukraine from causes attributed to cold weather. The figures were announced after heavy snowfall and temperatures dropping to minus 10 degrees Celsius and below. More than 100 people have required hospitalization for hypothermia and frostbite. In Russia, average daytime temperatures around the capital, Moscow, hit minus 17 degrees Celsius. In Russia's Far East, temperatures have plummeted to minus 50 degrees Celsius. (17 PHOTOS)

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A girl shields her face while braving the freezing temperatures in the village of Litkovka in Russia's Omsk region in southwestern Siberia.

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A woman walks around her home after a heavy snowfall in the Belarusian village of Danilovichi.

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A blizzard hit the western Ukrainian city of Brody, some 460 kilometers west of Kyiv. The Emergency Situations Ministry and the army were deployed to rescue people from some 2,000 cars buried in the snow.

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Two women play in the snow in temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

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A street vendor tries to catch one of his winter hats, which was blown off a stand by strong winds on Red Square in Moscow.

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Temperatures in the Russian capital, Moscow, dropped to minus 20 degrees Celsius. Due to high humidity and strong, cold winds, weather experts said it would feel more like minus 27 Celsius.

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A woman riding a bus looks through a frost-covered window as temperatures dropped to around minus 18 degrees Celsius in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

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Pigeons warm themselves on a metro ventilation shaft in central Moscow.

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In Ukraine, emergency workers attempt to free a car trapped in snow after a blizzard struck the western city of Brody.

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A driver abandons his car amid a blizzard in Ukraine's Lviv region.

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Workers clean snow from sculptures adorning the roof of the Chimera House by architect Vladyslav Horodetskiy in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.

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Russian prisoners remove snow as they create snow sculptures for Christmas and New Year's celebrations in an open-air enclosure at a high-security prison in Krasnoyarsk.

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Homeless people line up for free hot food at a kiosk organized by social services in Kyiv.

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People brave the freezing outdoors in central Moscow.

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Homeless people line up for free hot food at a kiosk organized by social services in Kyiv.

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A homeless woman drinks free tea in a tent set by Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry in the city of Donetsk.

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A woman sells felted insoles in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.