Violent winter storms cause havoc in Ukraine and west Russia

28 November 2023

Violent wind and snow storms have brought widespread death, destruction and disruption of the vital power supply to areas of east Ukraine and western Russia. Nearly 2500 people were rescued after a snowstorm in Ukraine's southern region of Odesa, local governor Oleh Kiper reported, adding that 313 settlements in the region were without power as a result of the bad weather.

At least ten people have died in snowstorms in Ukraine, after icy winds and storms swept the country, cutting power and blocking roads. Almost 1500 towns and villages in the region were left without power after storms dumped up to 10 inches of snow in some places.

Odesa region, which lies on the shore of the Black Sea, has been hit by severe snowstorms since 26 November, stranding vehicles and bringing down power lines. Russian coastal defences have been washed away from beaches on the occupied Crimean Peninsula.

As temperatures dropped below freezing, hundreds of thousands of civilians were left without power in Russian-occupied territories, and tens of thousands more lost power across southern Ukraine. Civilians were stranded on roads, complicating the movement of humanitarian aid to communities that have been ravaged by fighting. Coastal communities reported widespread flooding.

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