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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.


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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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Donald Trump Takes a Fancy to Kyiv Beauty - Whats Up?
Wig wearing entrepreneur and connoisseur of Slavic womanhood took more than a passing interest to Ukraines entry at this years Miss Universe contest in Los Angeles, comparing Inna Tsymbalyuk to a Barbie doll. The money-bags businessman is famed for his love for Eastern European beauties and Trump could barely conceal his admiration for Inna, who sported one of the shows more unusual outfits which incorporated an actual icon on a revealing bodice and a crown modeled on Holy of Orthodox Holies, Kyiv Pechersk Lavra.
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American Grandmothers in Bizarre Mission - Whats Up?
A gaggle of God fearing all-American grandmothers are set to fly into Ukraine to give the countrys homeless kids lessons in paintballing. The trip, which is scheduled for June 2007, was organized by a group called Saviors Homes to together with the Mount Helena Church in Clancy. One grandmother planning to take up the challenge is Marci Anderson, a crack shot who has been peppering people with paint in the name of the Lord for five years.


Ukraine to Honour Controversial WWII Troops - Whats Up?
Veterans who belonged to anti-Soviet guerilla groups from 1939-1956 will be granted the same privileges currently available to those who served in the Red Army should the Rada approve a recently drafted bill. It is thought that around 10,000 veterans who belonged to such partisan groups as UPA are still alive today, with representatives arguing that the these men and women should receive the same financial benefits as Ukraines 3.8 million Red Army veterans.


Ancient Pyramids Unearthed in Crimea - Whats Up?
Assorted boffins from several countries have descended on Sevastopol to carry out an archeological dig at a site where seven ancient pyramids are presumed to be hidden underground. Local brainbox Vitaly Gokh discovered the strange structures with the help of a unique patented invention which defines the nature of underground substances.


Fur-Lined Thongs Banned in Uzbekistan - Whats Up?
The loveable powers that be in Uzbekistan took time out from boiling people to death for just long enough to ban fur-lined underwear on the grounds that it was too sexy. The move comes at a particularly prudish time in the life of the dictatorship, with TV stations being forced to go to commercials during movie sex scenes. Comically, viewers can often hear the groaning and panting of passion, over the advertisements for soap powder and the like. (www.uzbekistan.neweurasia.net)

Ghostly Bronze Horses Spotted in Kyiv - Whats Up?
A series of supernatural sightings in the Ukrainian capital have been reported since last November, with eyewitnesses claiming to have seen a pair of bronze horses trotting through the streets. The phantasmal pair was first seen loitering by Dynamo stadium, with stunned Kyivites latter spotting them making their down Khreschatyk, and getting up to all sorts of horseplay in Mariyinsky Park.


Crimea Set to Stage Donkey Theatre - Whats Up?
Budding stage impresario Nikolai Pomogorov plans to turn his farm just outside the historic Tatar palace of Bakhchisaray in Crimea into a hotbed of theatrical talent, with donkeys taking centre stage. Pomogorov intends the long-eared beasts of burden to star in a series of productions beginning with a vaudeville-type production alongside clowns and hopefully culminating with all-donkey showcases for children. According to reports, the donkeys already know how to work a crowd, with one local describing them as extremely communicative and funny. (UNIAN)

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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.

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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