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Russia and Ukraine move to protect homeless from cold snap

Russia and Ukraine have both taken precautions to protect homeless people, scores of whom have frozen to death on the streets of Europe during its brutal cold snap. As the death toll from the week-long tragedy rose to at least 169 on Friday, the Russian emergencies minister, Sergei Shoigu, ordered food and medical-assistance facilities nationwide for the homeless. Read more.

Dozens die in Ukraine’s cold snap

At least 83 people have died in Ukraine from a cold spell that has been gripping the country, officials say. Temperatures as low as -23C (-9F) and heavy snowfall this month have left the capital Kiev and most of the country under a thick frozen layer. In western areas, vehicles were trapped in a three-day […] Continue reading →