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800 trucks jammed on Odesa highway amid snowstorms

The largest gridlock is at 117 - 130 km stretch.

About 800 trucks got stuck on the Odesa-Kyiv highway in Kyiv region amid heavy snow storms, the first deputy head of the patrol police department Oleksiy Biloshitskyy told Hromadske TV on Wednesday, 20 December.

He said about 50 patrol police and Emergency Service crews are working to help the situation.

"We call on all motorists and truck owners to keep away from this sector and give us time to clear the highway," Biloshitskyy said.

A 7.5 km jam of heavy trucks has formed on the Kyiv-Odesa highway between Bila Tserkva in Kyiv Region and Zhashkiv in Cherkassy Region because of heavy snow and ice on the roads, according to the website of the State Emergency Service.

"19 towing vehicles involved in the rescue operation have towed over four cars were from drifts, Clearing works are underway," a most recent report said.

Kyiv on Monday has limited the entry of freight transport into the city over heavy snowfalls. Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman instructed the State Emergency Service to use aviation to monitor congestion on the roads.

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