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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.



From The Editor (5)

I met up with tens of thousands of like-minded friends on Maidan the other weekend. We wore blue and yellow ribbons, we sang songs, we shouted at the current powers that be, some of us even carried umbrellas in support of what was one of the only independent television channels in Russia being cut off. Then we listened to the various faces of EuroMaidan as they took to the stage.
Ihor Lutsenko activist, kidnapped from the hospital by unknown assailants, beaten, tortured, and left for dead: The government cannot intimidate the people with the kidnapping and torture of activists.
Oleksiy Haran Professor of Kyiv Mohyla: As a political scientist, I see no reason to accept the new government of Yanukovych after his trip to Sochi to discuss its composition with Putin.

Ruslana Lyzhychko singer, activist: I am ready to devote my life to ensure this regime and this system is gone forever.
Dmytro Bulatov AvtoMaidan activist, beaten, tortured: (via mobile) We should be together, brother for brother.
Oleh Mykhniuk Afghan war veteran: The Afghan vets are not leaving Maidan.
Tatyana Chornovol journalist, hospitalised after unknown assailants ran her off the road and beat her: Our mission is in our numbers! Our enemy is not Yanukovych, nor the executioners. The biggest threat is peoples indifference. Those still apathetic, stand with us now!
Yuriy Lutsenko former Minister of Interior/political prisoner: Grab yourself body armour, helmet and baseball bat, and sign up with the hundreds of self-defence units on Maidan against the Berkut. Our beliefs are stronger than bullets.
Oleksandr Turchynov First Deputy of Batkivshchyna party: They can cover Maidan with blood but they cant close it down.
Petro Poroshenko businessman and MP: We will fight for the life and happiness of each and every person.
Vitaliy Klitschko UDAR party leader: This is not a war of the people against each other, but of the people and the powers that be.
Oleh Tyakhnybok Svoboda party leader: The world knows that we, Ukrainians, can not only change Ukraine, but we can turn the world up-side-down.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk Batkivschyna party leader: Power in Ukraine belongs to those who have been given it by the people. Any president should know that his powers are limited by the will of the people, that he is controlled parliament, who are in turn empowered by the people.
We meet every Sunday, and with every meeting resistance to a corrupt and criminal government that cares more for its personal finances than the people it governs grows. Wont you join us next week? Were not hard to find. Just follow the shiny, happy people singing Sche Ne Vmerla and the smell of victory, or is that pickle and salo sandwiches?

Lana Nicole
Editor in Chief

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    Ukraine Truth
    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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