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Ukraine's Avdiyivka Coke Plant Roars Past Prewar Production

After being shelled repeatedly and pushed to the brink of shutdown, the Avdiyivka Coke and Chemical Plant in eastern Ukraine's war-torn Donetsk region is once again running at full capacity. The factory is one of the largest coke producing plants in Europe and plays a vital role in fueling Ukrainian industry. It now produces purified coal fuel at a rate not seen since early 2014, before the start of the conflict with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service photographer Andriy Dubchak visited the Avdiyivka Coke and Chemical Plant​ and found the factory is expanding its facilities.

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Andriy Dubchak

Andriy Dubchak is a correspondent and photographer who has worked for RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service since 2003. He specializes in telling the stories of soldiers and civilians caught up in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. He received a 2022 Free Media Award from the Fritt Ord and ZEIT foundations for his "courageous professional reporting from battle zones." He also received a Lovie award for his coverage of the Maidan protests in 2014 and a Gold Medal in the LifePressPhoto competition in 2020.

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Anastasia Magazova

Anastasia Magazova is a Ukrainian journalist who is working with RFE/RL on a fellowship.

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Kateryna Oliynyk

Kateryna Oliynyk is a digital-media coordinator for RFE/RL.

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Stuart Greer

Stuart Greer is a multimedia editor for RFE/RL. With 25 years of experience as a broadcast journalist, he has reported from more than 30 countries covering a wide range of topics, including the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Georgia, disasters in the Philippines and Hungary, international summits, and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Before joining RFE/RL in 2015, he was European bureau chief and foreign correspondent for Canada's Global News in London.

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