Deadly winter awaits Ukraine amid low temperatures, energy crisis

Millions of Ukrainians face a deadly winter — and it isn't just the risk of being hit by Russian bombs.

Millions of Ukrainians face a deadly winter — and it isn't just the risk of being hit by Russian bombs.

Energy supply cuts caused by Russia’s heavy bombardment of the country’s infrastructure are combining with freezing cold winter weather to create a deadly cocktail, the World Health Organization has warned.

“This winter will be life-threatening for millions of people in Ukraine,” according to Dr. Hans Henri Kluge, the United Nations health agency’s regional director for Europe.

Average winter temperatures in Ukraine are around 27 degrees Fahrenheit, and are expected to reach minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit in parts of the country in the coming months, the WHO said.

Rescue workers tackle a blaze after strikes hit critical infrastructure near Kyiv in November, one of dozens of similar attacks across Ukraine. Ukrainian Emergency Service / AFP - Getty Images“Put simply, this winter will be about survival,” Kluge said in a statement. “Maternity wards need incubators. Blood banks need refrigerators. Intensive care beds need ventilators. And ALL require energy.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/ukraine-russia-winter-freezing-bombing-energy-crisis-rcna58298


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