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Thousands of Ukrainians braved sub-freezing temperatures this Orthodox Christmas to take part in celebrations around the capital. Temperatures fell below the forecast -18C degrees on Jan. 7, with Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center recording -18.6 at 8 am. The temperature rose by around 1.5 degrees, hovering around the -16.9 mark in the afternoon

The cold and snow did not deter hundreds of locals and visitors from heading to the city center, where Christmas decorations adorned St. Sophia Cathedral and St. Michael’s Monastery.

Other festivities, including caroling and traditional Christmas stalls, were also held at Spivoche Pole Park, Poshtova Square and Mamayeva Sloboda.

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