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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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.


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Provocations & Observations (#46)

Publishers Provocations
I know here I should be writing something positive and optimistic, but for the last few days Ive had a sinking feeling slowly creeping over me. And this sinking feeling was compounded on Monday 9 December when I saw the videos of the militia clearing the protestors from the areas around the Presidential Administration and the Cabinet of Ministers: not a baton was raised or a word said in anger, just a slow moving sweep of the area.

This, sad to say, was very clever tactics on the part of Yanukovych and his henchmen they can declare they were legally clearing the area, and if the protestors react with any kind of violence, the militia can respond in kind while keeping the moral high ground.
Its not a thought any of us want to entertain, but the possibility of Yanukovych remaining in power is looking increasingly likely. If he decides to clear Maidan using the same tactics the demonstrators will be left with two choices: they can allow themselves to be swept way, or they can fight. And thats what you call being stuck between a rock and a hard place.
If they decide to fight, they will be arrested. Either way, if Yanukovych decides to clear the square, it will be cleared. The only thing that could possibly stop him is numbers, but in the middle of the night it seems the numbers get down to only a few hundred hardcore folks.
It is looking increasingly likely that Yanukovych will remain in power, and that will be bad for the country. Some argue hes democratically elected and he deserves to see out his term, but the people have had enough. They have had enough of his lies, his thieving, and his bullyboy tactics.
The people of Ukraine need the help of Europe and the US. The time for diplomacy with this man is over. He doesnt understand it, and hes proven himself to be nothing but a liar when dealing with Europe.
We call upon you, leaders of Europe and the US, to impose personal sanctions on these people. To freeze their bank accounts and deny them travel. Not just the president and the prime minister, but every serving member of the Party of Regions.
Ukraine is a democracy waiting to happen. It is what the people want. They have done their bit, and now they need your help.
For 22 years now, almost all the people of Ukraine have aspired to European integration. They want it, and they deserve it, and theyve shown exceptional courage and resolve in the face of great adversity from the political class and the elite, whom in turn have stolen everything they possibly can.
Yanukovych is the worst of the bunch, and there is a real danger the people of Ukraine will be forced under the jackboot of an authoritarian, brutal regime. Leaders of the free world, you have the power to stop this. You must impose personal sanctions, and you must do it now.

Neil Campbell

Kyiv Top Five
We have some wholly creative and very clever people in these parts, which have been reflected in some of the stickers found on jackets of demonstrators everywhere. Here are our favourites:

1. Yanukovych Pidaresht! Yanukovych in jail!
2. Ya tut ne za Hroshi I am not here for money
3. Biytsi: pamyataite na Maidani zhinky, dity ta lyudy pokhyloho viku Fighters: please know that Maidan has women, children, and elderly
4. Persha vymoha: vidstavka prezydenta First demand: resignation of the president
5. Ya ne pidu z Maidanu do vidstavky Yanukovycha I am not leaving Maidan until Yanukovych resigns

Lenin falls, Lenin is defended, and one person thinks only of his stomach. Its revolution for the third week running as we take a look at our tweets of the week.
Ukrainian Princess (@UkrPrincess) suggests a souvenir:
Germans have pieces of the Berlin Wall; Ukrainians now have pieces of the Lenin statue #progress #euromaidan
mikiya itou (@mickey228) is watching history be made:
A page of history has been turnedbecause for many Ukrainians this statue was the symbol of a power that must not return. #Ukraine
A contrary opinion is offered by richard lafette (@RichardLafette):
Fair play to the Ukrainians, who hate Putin, but dont blame it all on Lenin - who, on the whole, was better than the Romanovs.
Revolution? What revolution? Ignorance is bliss for Chance C Butterfield (@CC_Butterfield):
Ukrainians: The only people that can make you eat so much good food that it soon becomes painful. #LoveThem #BeTheDeathOfMe

Whats Hot
Goodbye Lenin
It was deeply symbolic. Sparks and chips of marble flew as euphoric protesters took it in turns to demolish a toppled marble statue with a sledgehammer. The felling of Kyivs statue of Lenin by protesters using a steel cable and winch on Sunday night underlines the bitterly opposing views of history that still run deep in Ukraine as revolution rolls on.

Whats Not
He was an anachronism, many questioned why he was still there 22 years after independence, yet law enforcement agencies have launched criminal proceedings under Part 1 of Article 294 (mass riots) in connection with the demolition of the Lenin monument in central Kyiv. Good luck with that.

Kyiv Cartoon
A young Kyiv man joined Ukrainian police. Everything seemed to be okay, except for one thing in three months of work he never asked for his salary once. When the head of the department asked him why, he said: Wow! I didnt know you paid salaries here. I thought, you gave me a gun and the rest was up to me.

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Edoy | 29.05.2014 17:01

When at least a third of citizens use Russian as their motehr tongue, this is the only way that Ukraine can exist as a cohesive nation - otherwise it will continue to be divided. The two sister languages are completely intertwined, anyway. The fact is that the differences have always been graduated geographically, with mixed versions of the official languages in the border areas of the two countries. \"Pure\" Ukrainian only exists in western Ukraine, and it isn\'t pure, it is a construct of its own isolation as part of Poland and Austro-Hungary. I hate this kind of chauvinism.

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    Rights We Didnt Know We Had

    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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    Pulling Strings
    Located on Hrushevskoho Street the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades childrens favourite the Academic Puppet Theatre had to shut down in February. Nevertheless, it is getting ready to reopen this March with a renewed repertoire to bring some laughter back to a scene of tragedy. Operating (not manipulating) puppets is a subtle art that can make kids laugh and adults cry. Whats On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.


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