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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.


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Happy Birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday dear Whats On, happy birthday to us. Thats right, folks! Whats On is ten years old! For ten years we have been keeping the residents of Kyiv and visitors to the city informed about everything going on; weve been keeping you up to date with the latest hot news stories; informing you about all the important events in Ukraines history and all the important people from the countrys past; weve been telling you about all the customs and traditions of this great country; and generally trying to entertain you every week with our magazine. It all started out way back in 1999, and no one new then how popular our little rag would become, and that ten years later people would be packing copies of the magazine in their luggage whenever they went travelling and photographing themselves reading it at exotic locations all over the world.


Lutsenko Returns to Office - Whats Up?
Masters at muddying the waters, thats what Ukrainian politicians should be called. After his alleged drunken brawl with police in Frankfurt who refused to let him and his son board a plane because they were inebriated, allegedly, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has recalled Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko to office.
Lutsenko offered his resignation after media reports in Germany claimed the minister and his son had become violent with German police after they had tried to prevent them from boarding a plane to Seoul. The reports claimed that both Lutsenko and his son had been drunk and that was the reason theyd not been allowed to board, but Lutsenko claimed they were simply late for the flight. His son, Alexander, won a court case against the German newspaper, Bild, proving that hed not thrown his mobile phone or started a fight.


First Case of Swine Flu in Ukraine - Whats Up?
Oops. Sorry. Were not supposed to call it that. The pork industry doesnt like it. It now has to go by the name H1N1 which really trips off the tongue. So The first case of H1N1 flu has appeared in Ukraine, the Health Ministry said on Friday. A 24 year-old man who had recently returned to Ukraine after 2 years living in the US has brought it with him, a ministry spokesman said.
Its just as well that a few weeks ago President Yushchenko called for an allocation of funds amounting to 50 million hrv so that preventative measures could be taken to combat the spread of the disease.


Youre Only Supposed to Blow the Bloody Doors Off! - Whats Up?
Thats what Michael Caine would have been shouting at two bumbling would-be thieves who tried to rob a bank in the southern Ukrainian town of Melitopol last week. The ingenious plan they had engineered was to detonate two explosive devices they had set in the local branch of the Oshchadbank, and in the confusion they intended to grab the cash and run. But the first blast proved much stronger than they anticipated, giving them a fright. Instead of robbing the place they ended up running for their lives, having injured over 20 people.


Serial Killer Caught - Whats Up?
A 35 year-old Kyiv taxi driver has been arrested on suspicion of committing 11 murders, and is believed to be responsible for up to 30 other crimes including robbery and sexual assault. Police have been hunting the man following a spate of attacks on women in the city, and finally caught up with him at a road block where he panicked, reversed his car into a gate and then fled into the forest.
Tagged as the Elvis Killer because survivors of his attacks described him as looking like a young Elvis Presley, the man is believed to have gone on a killing spree targeting women aged between 17 and 70 in remote forest areas around the city.


Who You Gonna Call? Visabusters! - Whats Up?
Last week we attempted to explain the visa regulations for Ukraine that are now being strictly enforced for the first time, and why, due to different interpretations of said regulations between the two main authorities involved, it could become extremely difficult for foreigners to reside in the country for longer periods of time. Now, however, we have some good news for all of you scratching your heads and wondering what to do next. Help is at hand, and it is coming from a place you might not expect.


10 Top Global Summer Events - Ukraine Abroad
Vacation time is coming, and many of you will be wondering where to go for a week or two to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Of course, the beach is always an option, but you might want to do something a little more interesting, and there are certainly some interesting things going on this summer. If, however, finances are tight in these times of crisis, you can always stay here in Kyiv and attend the biggest event of the year right here! Counting down ten to one

Madonna in concert St. Petersburg
2 August
She might be giving Kyiv a miss (at least so far) but Queen of Pop Madonna will be playing St. Petersburg in what is expected to be the biggest event in Eastern Europe for a long time.


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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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