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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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.
|What's On Archive ¹ 18 (2008)|
16 May - 22 May
Ukrainian Girl Does Good!
DJ Eva and her new life rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous
Take me out!
On the Sofa with...
|From THE EDITOR (?18) - Editorial|
I've been having a bit 1 of a go at the gov- 1 ernment over recent ' weeks, so I thought this week I would be a bit more balanced and write about something positive they've been doing. But I couldn't find anything so here's something else instead. Will Ukraine ever be a full member of the European UNI0N, and if so when? This is probably the most common topic for conversation you will hear here in Kyiv, especially late at night in some basement hostelry or Irish pub after the consumption of many nol-pets of beer. And with Europe Day being celebrated on Sunday, you can bet such conversations were taking place all over Kreschatyk and beyond. To see all those tents representing all the different member states laid out along the city's central street really brought home the main reason for the formation of the UNI0N all those years ago - to prevent everyone getting into another big bust-up again by creating common ground through economics. There are now 27 countries that can boast full member status, and that's a lot, especially when you think of how much war and bloodshed went on between them throughout the annals of history. It gives people warm and cuddlys to think the chances of such things happening again are much, much less due to the EU, and it gives a strong sense of security to every single citizen of every single member state. Ukraine deserves a bit of that doesn't it? Ukrainians deserve to feel that security, don't they? They most certainly do, especially when they took such risks in 2004 to overcome tyranny and secure democracy and personal freedoms (which only the politicians could mess up), and with the big bear next door roaring louder than ever, they deserve it sooner rather than later. But when? The question was debated a lot on Sunday on Kreschatyk, especially around the Irish tent where the free Guinness on offer loosened everyone's tongue much earlier in the day than usual. EU membership should surely be the main aim of the government, and the country's politicians. And to be fair, they are making massive leaps in this direction with the launch of free-trade talks, but it is not enough: more needs to be done internally, especially when it comes to corruption and the flagrant abuse of law. However, on Sunday, the question was generally answered, in my opinion, somewhat pessimistically with most suggestions ranging from ten to twenty years. But I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that Ukraine will, for political reasons, become a full member of the EU in 2013. I'm taking bets! (Payment required when placing the bet.)
Neil Campbell, Editor
|Ukraine’s Going to Get In! - Picture Perfect|
The Days of Europe in Ukraine celebration has become an excellent oppor− tunity for Ukrainians to get to know their big neighbour to the West – the EU, which, if fortune is kind, Ukraine will sooner or later be a part of. The event featured a whole bunch of events around town, all organised by the EU and by the member countries’ embassies. These included debates, language lessons, and other educational and entertaining things, such as an Italian fellow who cooked up Italian food right on the spot. The weather was nice, the people friendly, and the volunteers upbeat. All together now: Ukraine is a European country!
|Vitaly and Kosmos Neck and Neck - Whats Up?|
As the May 25 Kyiv mayoral elections approach, the two top candidates – ex−heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko and eccentric incumbent Leonid ‘Kosmos’ Chernovestky − are neck and neck. The differences between them fall into the margin of error. Most anybody would make a better mayor than Chernovetsky, who has accomplished little other than getting himself involved in allegations of corruption. Yulia Tymoshenko’s man, Oleksandr Turchynov, for example, wouldn’t be a bad choice. He’ll have the right attitude toward corruption and he’s already promised to do something about the city’s other overwhelming problems: its infrastructure is falling apart and its quality of life is being destroyed by the new car culture.
|Petrol Prices Going Mad - Whats Up?|
Just as elsewhere in the world, petrol prices are through the roof here in Ukraine as a litre of high−grade fuel at some filling stations has broken the 6 hrv barrier. Prices are expected to keep on rising, since the world oil crunch is said to be a permanent phenomenon. Plus, summer always puts more stress on fuel prices, as it’s the peak driving season. At roughly $1.25 per litre Ukrainian petrol still isn’t as expensive as it is in Western Europe, but it’s worth speculating on what rising prices will mean for the future.
|Ukraine to Make Crimea War Pic - Whats Up?|
Ukraine’s Defense Ministry – yes, you read that right – is planning to produce a movie about the Crimean War that focuses on the Ukrainian soldiers who fought in the tsarist empire’s losing 1850s effort against a combined British, French, and Turkish force. More specifically the movie is going to be about the siege of Sevastopol, and the point of it is going to be to fight against the idea that the Crimean port town is a uniquely ‘Russian’ place, the noble defense of which was exclusively the work of Russians.
|Russians Fleeing to Ukraine - Whats Up?|
Ukraine really is different from other post−Soviet countries and the ruling class here, right down to the reformed Viktor Yanukovych himself, should give itself a pat on the back. So should the citizenry. That’s the impression one gets from an International Herald Tribune article last week that described how Ukraine is becoming a haven for Russians, Belarusians, and other post−Soviet citizens fed up with their repressive regimes back home, or for that matter in danger of being thrown in jail.
|Dnipro Dreaming Summer Fun on the River - Active Kyiv|
We’re on the verge of summer and luckily we live in a city perched over one of Europe’s great rivers. As the Dnipro entertainment season starts here are some options for beating the heat and having some fun on the water.
The easiest way to have a nice restful jaunt on the Dnipro is to take a one-hour trip in those very Soviet two-level cruise boats.
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.