West News Wire: According to official statistics, 59,700 people in 28 European countries died last winter from COVID-19, but 68,000 more people died because they were unable to heat their homes. 

Although these statistics are shocking, the people we have spoken to about them do not seem surprised. 

The time frame covered by the Economist magazine survey was from November 2017 to February 2018. All 27 EU member states, with the exception of Malta and Cyprus, provided data. 

Switzerland, Britain, and Norway were also included. The fact remains, though, that the EU’s leaders’ decisions to stop receiving cheap energy from Russia have resulted in fatalities. 

The most recent sum for the EU’s financial assistance to Ukraine has recently been made public. It will make many struggling citizens’ eyes water. 

The core inflation rate in the Eurozone, which analysts claim is directly related to sanctions on Russia, is still persistently high, the EU Commission said on Thursday. 

The European Central Bank keeps raising interest rates in an effort to lower inflation. 

According to statistical models, if the winter’s weather hadn’t been so mild, the number of excess deaths related to high energy expenses would have been significantly greater. 

It raises the question of how many people could perish this winter if EU officials are unable to obtain affordable, dependable supply and if temperatures drop significantly. 

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