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After the October Revolution (1917), Yuzovka was renamed Stalino and, in 1961, Donetsk. Heavy destruction in World War II led to postwar modernization and an increase in the scale of industry. Subsequent growth has been rapid and sustained. There are now more than 40 coalpits within the town limits. A major integrated coking, iron-smelting, and steel-making plant makes modern Donetsk one of the largest metallurgical centres of Ukraine.
Donetsk is a pretty city, although the air is not the cleanest due to surrounding factories. As with other European cities, everything is within walking distance. The principal street, from the railway station to the steelworks, is 9km (5.5 miles) long, with the main shops, hotels, and administrative buildings. Others institutions scattered in close proximity include the Donetsk University, polytechnic, medical and trade institutes, and more than 30 scientific research establishments, including a branch of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Cultural amenities include several theatres and a philharmonic hall.