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The lives of millions will be under threat in Ukraine this winter, the World Health Organization says.

Half of Ukraine's energy infrastructure is either damaged or destroyed, and 10 million are currently without power, said Dr Hans Henri P Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe.

Temperatures are predicted to plummet as low as -20C in some areas.

The WHO has documented 703 attacks on health infrastructure since Russia's invasion began.

Last week, Russia hit more energy installations and civilian buildings in one of its heaviest aerial bombardments of the war.

This has been a recent Russian tactic following setbacks on the battlefield, and its impact is starting to be felt more acutely as winter sets in.

"Put simply, this winter will be about survival," Dr Kluge told a news conference in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

Ukraine's health system is "facing its darkest days in the war so far", and the best solution is for the conflict to end, he added.

Due to the attacks, hundreds of hospitals and healthcare facilities are "no longer fully operational, lacking fuel, water and electricity to meet basic needs", he said.

Maternity wards need incubators, blood banks need refrigerators and intensive care beds need ventilators, he said, adding that "all require energy".

Up to three million people could flee their homes in search of warmth and safety, the WHO says.

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63708223

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