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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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6 June - 12 June

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A different looking XS talks to us about the changes and their nude photo shoot

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From THE EDITOR (?21) - Editorial

Unlike last year when 'we were hit with blistering temperatures up in the mid-30s at the beginning of June, summer can't quite seem to get going. At the moment, thermometres are going up and down in a similar fashion to the country's stock market, but the forecast is for scorching temperatures in the imminent future, so get ready with the T-shirts, shorts and suntan lotion. As far as cities go, Kyiv is one of the best places in the world to spend summer with loads of places to go to escape the hectic pace of city life - there are parks a-plenty where you can chill out with a good book and a bottle of your favourite red wine; there are all those terraces where you can take a break with an ice-cold beer and watch the world go by; you can lose yourself on Trukhaniv Island or go for a boat ride down the Dnipro; and what other inland city do you know that has sandy beaches you can lie out and fry on? Of course, on a hot summer's day, many of these places get overcrowded, but Kyiv doesn't let you down and always has an answer whatever the problem. If you find Shevchenko or Mariyinsky Parks just a bit too busy, then you can hop out to Pyrohova and its outdoor Architectural Museum on the outskirts of the city, which, while easy enough to get to, is just that little bit of the beaten track to ensure it never gets overcrowded. It's a great place to relax, and offers a real educational experience as well (see page 16). Of course, sometimes you want to get out of the city altogether, and Kyiv offers a plethora of places within easy reach by bus, marshrutka or train where you can go for a daytrip or a weekend such as Chernihiv, Pereiaslav-Khmelnytsky, the old Cossack town of Cherkassy, and Uman with its wonderful Sofiyisky Park, all of which have sights and sounds aplenty that will easily keep you enthralled for a day or two. Add to all that the fact that Kyiv has a superlative cultural scene with all its art galleries, theatres and clubs so even when the sun goes down there's always something to do. There's no doubt about it, when you live in Kyiv, you know it's going to be a great summer!

 Have fun!
Neil Campbell, Editor

Yushchenko: Next Mayor of Winnipeg? - Whats Up?

President Yushchenkos political career might be sputtering out here in Ukraine, with his party polling in the single digits, but thats okay, because they sure do love him in Canada. The president made a recent visit to the land of the maple−leaf flag that involved many of his favourite things collecting hon ours that testify to how great he is (in this case an honourary degree from the Univer sity of Winnipeg), advocating for Holodomor recognition, wearing a Ukrainian shirt, and most of all soaking in the love from a Dias pora community that for reasons we cant un derstand still considers him the greatest gift to Ukraine since Taras Shevchenko. In Winnipeg, which like much of Western Canada is heavy on people of Ukrainian de cent, thousands of enthusiasts thronged the grounds of the legislature to see the Ukrai nian president, rumours of whose moral and political decline seem not to have made it past Quebec yet.


Klitschko Attacks Borat in L.A. - Whats Up?

One little−known fact about the amazing boxing (and mayoral−elec tion−losing) Klitschko brothers is that they were born in Kazakhstan be fore their family moved to Kyiv. Thats how it happened that Volodymyr Klitschko found himself last week threatening British actor Sasha Baron Cohen aka Borat in a Los Angeles restaurant. The British media is reporting that Volodya was sitting at a table when Baron−Cohen walked right by him with his actress wife, Isla Fisher.


Radioactive Copter Plot Foiled - Whats Up?

The State Security Service has foiled an attempt to smuggle a radioactive helicopter out of the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone and make the thing yes into a cafe in an unnamed Ukrainian city. Apparently the plan was to create the helicopter version of one of those restaurants−in−a− train−wagon that proliferate all over the world. The big Soviet−made M8 Hip helicopter could seat 28 people, which means that while it was big for a military copter, it would have made a rather snug cafe. Reports had it that the copter was emitting 30 times the safe limit of radiation.


Shufrych Boxing Match Falls Through - Whats Up?

Ukraines funniest politician, Party of Regions deputy and blowhard Nestor Shufrych, lost the chance last week to punch out the head of President Yushchenkos security detail or, maybe, get punched out himself. This is bad news for all those who love to hate the colourful Shu frych, but its good for the cause of civility in Ukrainian politics. The idea of Shufrych and Yushchenkos man, Valeriy Geletey, pounding each other, surfaced when Geletey, who competes in martial arts, was asked whom among official Ukrainians hed like to square off against.


Sarko Points to Ukraine EU Chance - Whats Up?

What a difference a couple of months make. It was only in April that France was one of the Western European countries torpedoing Ukraines NATO chances. Now, as France gets set to occupy the European UNI0Ns rotating presidency on July 1, President Nicolas Sarkozy is proposing that Ukraine enter a partnership with the EU that could lead to its membership. Here are the words from the horses mouth, uttered in a speech to the Polish parliament: As head of the European Council I will want to propose a partnership for Ukraine so that it could finally join (the EU). Good heavens. You cant get any more clear than that.


Far From the Madding Crowd - Kyiv Museums

It's been a hesitant start to the summer, but temperatures are expected to soar in the near future, and on those warm balmy days there's nothing better than snatching a little relaxation time from life's hectic schedule and getting that little bit closer to nature, Luckily the green capital Kyiv has a whole host of parks and botanical gardens on offer where you can do just that and spend a little 'me' time under the shade of a chestnut tree with a cold beer or bottle of vino. Unfortunately, however, upon arrival you are likely to find you're one of thousands who have all had exactly the same idea, and often the central parks of the city get overcrowded on a hot summer's day especially at the weekend meaning you don't quite get the tranquil experience for which you were hoping


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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.

Kyiv Culture

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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