Massive 150km traffic jam forces drivers to abandon cars in middle of nowhere

A massive traffic jam, stretching around 150km long, has seen freezing Russians dump their cars to see warmth.

The bizarre jam took placed on the road from Ukraine's occupied-Mariupol to Russia's Melitopol.

The road is known as the E58/M14 road, and is one of Russia's busiest motorways – but is in the middle of desolate land on either side.

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News of the traffic issues were reported by one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's mouthpiece journalists, Olga Kurlaeva.

She wrote, on Telegram: “Loaded and empty cars from all regions of Russia are standing in both directions.

“Moreover, these are civilian vehicles with civilian cargo.

“The track is full of steep ascents and descents, trucks crawl.

“The road has been repaired, only in short sections there are traces of Ukrainian (Soviet) asphalt, but it is almost impossible for cars to drive.”

It was being reported by some local media outlets that the traffic jam was cause by a multitude of accidents due to difficult weather conditions, ice on the roads and Russian and Ukrainian checkpoints along the route.

It is not known how long the jam took to clear, but images from the area show cars basically being abandoned by locals, while others were forced to wrap up with whatever they could find to make sure they didn't suffer from hypothermia.

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The E58/M14 road normally takes around three hours to travel, from one end to the other, but there were reports of some being stuck on it for more than double that time.

According to NASA's World View Earth Data live map, the area has been hit by massive snow storms in recent days, with temperatures dropping as low as -5c in recent days.

The journalist who reported on the jam, Olga Kurlaeva, has been labelled a “Putin mouthpiece” by many on social media, as she constantly denies that Russia has been invading Ukraine and committing alleged war crimes.

She has also been accused of “spewing Kremlin propaganda” by some experts on Twitter.

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