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In pictures: Balkan winter woes

Huge waves in the Azov Sea

A winter storm has lashed the Black Sea, sinking a Bulgarian ship. At least four sailors were found dead off Russia's coast.

Ship rocked by waves in the port of Varna

A ship is rocked by huge waves in Varna harbour, Bulgaria. The country's main ports were closed because of the bad weather.

Rough sea at Constanta

Huge waves and strong winds battered Romania's main port, Constanta. It was closed, like other Black Sea ports.

Snow-bound road in southwestern Romania

Traffic was paralysed in much of southern Romania. The main airports and many roads were closed.

A snow-bound street in Bucharest

In Romania's capital Bucharest the snow was up to 60cm (2ft) thick, creating chaos. More snow is forecast for Friday.

A dog in the snow in Bucharest

Among those hardest hit by the cold snap were Bucharest's many stray dogs. They have got used to milder winters in the past 20 years.

A cyclist riding in the park in Belgrade

Some people resorted to bikes in the Serbian capital Belgrade. The heavy snow there was 25cm (10in) deep in places.

The town of Kukes in northern Albania

About 20 villages in northern Albania are completely cut off by snow, which is 50cm deep in some remote areas.

Taking pictures in a square in Chisinau

The snow has not yet reached Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, but temperatures have plunged below minus 10C.

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