Kiev: As many as 43 people have fallen victim to freezing temperatures that hit Ukraine in the last few days, the country's Emergencies Ministry has stated.

According to the ministry, 28 people were found dead in the streets, eight died in hospitals, and seven at home, said an official statement Wednesday.

The mercury fell to less than -20 degrees Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit) in Ukraine at the weekend and the temperature is expected to fall further to at least -30 degrees Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit) over the next few days.

As more than 720 Ukrainians have been hospitalised due to hypothermia; a condition in which core temperature drops below the required temperature for normal metabolism, the government moved to arrange special points for citizens to warm themselves. Some 1,700 such points have been opened across the country.