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Orthodox Believers Mark Epiphany With Icy Swim In Kyiv

Orthodox Christians in the Ukrainian capital braved frigid temperatures for an icy dip in Kyiv's Dnieper River to mark Epiphany. The January 19 event symbolizes the baptism of Christ and the cleansing of the soul.

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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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