Heavy snow blocks roads, cuts power in northern Ukraine

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Heavy snowfall and strong wind blocked roads across northern Ukraine and left hundreds of villages without electricity, authorities said Tuesday.

The Emergencies Ministry said sleet, snow and powerful wind brought down power lines in some 200 villages in northern Ukraine.

With snow as thick as 50 cm in some areas, hundreds of cars were blocked on the snow-covered highways in the northern Kiev and Chernigov regions.

The snowy weather has caused traffic chaos in the capital, where some 10,000 of cars have been stranded on major transport interchanges and bridges.

More than 30 traffic accidents occurred in Kiev Tuesday morning, according to the authorities.

As of midday (1000 GMT), the Boryspil International Airport and Kiev airport still operated normally. Endi

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