A picture taken on December 15, 2012, shows snow covered trees rising on the banks of the Sluch River, some 150 miles south of Minsk in Belarus. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images)
In the past week, most of Europe experienced a cold snap and heavy snow, but Ukraine and western Russia suffered the brunt of harsh weather conditions, with near-Arctic-level temperatures. There have been reports of that at least 37 people died in Ukraine alone due to the weather.
Temperatures hit minus 23 degrees Celsius (minus 9 Fahrenheit) in parts of Ukraine, according to the Daily Telegraph.
In Russia, at least 45 people were killed due to the weather conditions, according to state broadcaster RT. Temperatures plunged as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 Fahrenheit) in some areas.
But other parts of Europe, namely Bulgaria and Belarus, were also not spared from the cold and snow.
Homeless people queue to get free hot food organized by social services duringa frosty winter's day in Kiev, Ukraine, on Dec. 18, 2012. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)
A snowplough removes snow at the 'Piazza Duomo' square in Milan, on December 14, 2012. (Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)
A man rides a bicycle past a bonfire in a suburb of Sofia, on Dec. 14, 2012. (Nikolay Doychinov/AFP/Getty Images)
A sheep walks over a snow-covered path on Dec. 14, 2012 in Breuberg, western Germany. (Frank Rumpenhorst/AFP/Getty Images)
Young women brave the freezing outdoors in central Moscow, on Dec. 19, 2012. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)
A man sheltered himself with a blue umbrella as he walks under snowfalls in a park on Dec. 14, 2012 in Milan. (Fabi/AFP/Getty Images)
A man makes his way out of the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park after an early morning swim on Dec. 13, 2012 in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A frozen view of Lochan na h-Achlaise on Dec. 12, 2012 in Rannoch Moor, the United Kingdom. (Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)
People take pictures as frost lingers on the trees at Westonbirt Aboretum on Dec. 12, 2012 near Tetbury, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A communal worker cleans snow from sculptures adorning the roof of the 'House with Chimaeras' by architect Vladislav Gorodetsky (1863-1930) in Kiev on Dec. 17, 2012. (Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)