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Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

Ukraine History

A Stronghold of Rulers and Rebels

With the recent death toll jumping to nearly 100 and 1,000 injured, Hrushevskoho Street, one of the strongholds of EuroMaidans three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the countrys stand against government corruption, abuse of power, and the violation of human rights turned from peaceful protest to all-out revolution. Having witnessed much over the years, Hrushevskoho is a street with a history, and not only care of recent days.


Ukraine Today
Acelebrity using their status and intelligence to influence public views and opinion is rarely seen in modern society, even less so in Ukraine. Here, the majority of celebs use their time, effort, and money to enhance or further their career rather than put their name to something that can do good for others. However, as EuroMaidan intensifies, some are making themselves heard and they fall either side of the EuroMaidan divide.
It used to be that when rebellion and revolution occurred, the intellectual, creative, and spiritual elite would be front and centre.


Ukrainian Culture

When Walls Can Talk

People have been writing on walls since the dawn of civilisation, we call it graffiti, and ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Sometimes it is merely the creator wanting to leave his or her mark; sometimes there is an underlying social or political reason. And it is due to the latter that graffiti has exploded across Kyiv in recent months. Anti dictator messages aside, we peel back a few layers of paint to look at graffiti in the city in general.


Special Feature

Ice Warrior

Ukraine has already secured 13 berths to XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi scheduled for 723 February 2014, 11 for biathlon (five men and six women) and two for figure skating (one each for ice dance and womens singles) with qualification in other sports still to be held. One athlete with his sights set on securing the ice dance spot is reigning Ukrainian champion 23-year-old figure skater Dmytro Dun from Kharkiv with his California-born partner Siobhan Heekin-Canedy. We speak to Dun to share about his expectations of the upcoming games and his success.

The 2013 World Figure Skating Championships in Canada was crucial to countries securing places at the Olympics which you managed for Ukraine. Tell us a little about that championship.
We knew at this championship places to the Sochi Olympics would be awarded so it became twice as important for me to perform well. Im glad we managed to get 14th place there as it allowed us to bring the qualification back home.

The fact youve won qualification for Ukraine doesnt necessarily grant you the right to go to the Olympics as the final decision will be made at the Ukrainian Championships. What do you think your chances are?
Everyone has a chance, but we are sure we have the strength to win. At last years championship there were few couples, only three, and it meant there was almost no competition. However this year the championship is open, meaning there will be competitors from other countries it means even more intense training for us.

Assuming you make it, how do you rate your chances? Whos your biggest competitor?
All contestants are competitors. We need to give it our all, 200%, and then our results will be much better than expected. I would really like to repeat the achievement of Ukrianians Olena Hrushina and Ruslan Honcharov who brought home the bronze from the Olympic Games in 2006.

Talking about awards, whats the most important to you?
All of them are important as they are the result of hard work, however Im sure the most important is still ahead.

Is winning titles what motivates you to victory?
The wish to express myself is what motivates me to strive for victory. I want to prove I am the strongest and worthy of being number one. Of course, the support of friends, relatives and my wife Irochka inspires me a lot.

Does your coach motivate you?
Of course! My coach is my mentor! For three seasons weve been working with Galit Chait-Moracci and Oleksiy Horshkov and starting this year, Canadian Tyler Myles joined our team.

Wow, thats a group of big names! What does your training consist of?
We train six days a week, twice a day on ice. Then off the ice we have to work on technical elements and choreography. The hardest thing is a step sequence as judges usually pay a lot of attention to them. We are looking for clean moves and turns. I wake up at 6.45 everyday as training starts at 8 and although Im back home at 16.00, which seems pretty early, Im so exhausted that I spend the rest of the day in, lets just say, relaxation mode.

How many years have you been living with this kind of work schedule?
Well, I think pretty much from my first big break (in 2000 Dun and his partner won bronze at a tournament in Estonia) starting from then on my hobby turned into something more important.

by Vadym Mishkoriz

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    Throughout EuroMaidan much has been made of Ukrainians making a stand for their rights. What exactly those rights are were never clearly defined. Ukraine ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1952. The first article of the Declaration states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, they are endowed with reason and conscience, and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. The ousted and overthrown Ukrainian government showed to the world they dont understand the meaning of these words.

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