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7 (2014)
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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26 (2009)/2009
10 July - 16 July
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From THE EDITOR (26) - Editorial
Reasons to be cheerful, part X. Sometimes, when youre working all the time, trying very hard to put out a good magazine every week and make a new business successful, life can get on top of you a bit. Last weekend, even though it was the American Independence Day picnic, which I really wanted to attend (especially because as a main sponsor we had some bottomless beer mugs), I found that I just needed to hide myself away for a while. So I did (despite how painful it was for me to pass up on a day of free beer), and stayed home with the cat, watching TV and DVDs, and generally just doing nothing. This happens from time to time, when we all need a bit of space, some time alone, and when I get the chance to do so I try to find, just like Ian Dury said, some reasons to be cheerful. Strangely, I found quite a number it is summer and the weather has been particularly kind to us here in Kyiv this year; Kyiv is a beautiful town to be in during the summer with its parks and beaches and the stunning scantily clad women wandering the streets;


Platini Gives Ukraine Final Warning - Whats Up?
As has often been speculated here on these pages, Ukraine could lose the chance to host the EURO 2012 football finals, and the opportunity to co-host the event with Poland could be given to Germany instead. UEFA president, Michel Platini, last week told European press that the final decision on where the matches would be played would be made in December. We have to take a decision by the beginning of December, he said. December is the deadline.


Policeman Killed in Ethnic Flare Up - Whats Up?
On 28 June in Marhanets, Dnipropetrovsk region, a police officer who got in the middle of fight between a couple of gangs was killed. The brawl was between a group of Ukrainians and a group of Armenians and while the authorities say there was no ethnic inference, this is not the first instance in which different minorities between Ukraines borders have decided to do something about mounting frustrations. What triggered the unfortunate occurrence seemed to be some friendly competition over a canon situated in front of a cafe. The dispute wasnt over whose canon it was, but rather who could lift it. Alcohol was most assuredly a factor. 22-year old police sergeant Serhiy Bondarenko, who wasnt even on duty that night, just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and received a fatal knife wound to the heart.


Tymoshenko Against Minimum Wage Increase - Whats Up?
The ultimate in populist politicking, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, is apparently against a proposal from the Party of Regions to increase the minimum wage level in the country, probably because she didnt think of suggesting it first. Getting all logical for once she said that the proposed increase will require an additional 37.5 billion hrv in the budget and will result in a significant rise in inflation. To do what they propose, she declared petulantly, the budget will need an additional 37.5 billion hryvnia. This will increase the budget deficit by 10%. This money doesnt exist, and it would result in high inflation. I could never throw the country into such instability.


Time for the EU to Get Real! - Whats Up?
Last week we told you that Ukraines politicians had come over all Oliver Twist, and, on top of the IMF loan, had asked the EU for a further $4 billion to dig the country out of the gas hole its got itself into. Naturally worried about gas deliveries to EU nations, leaders of member states got together in Brussels in a bit of a panic last week to discuss the problem and see if they could make the funding available.
But, of course, you dont hand over that amount of money without running a few checks first, and what they found was that the amount really needed to sort the issue was only $2 billion half of what had been asked for.


Lenin Gets a Punch on the Nose - Whats Up?
Lenins statue at the start of Shevchenko Boulevard is one of the last remaining monuments in Kyiv to Soviet leadership, and as such it has been the subject of much debate. But at the weekend, an angry group of nationalists took the matter into their own hands and beat the man up a little, damaging his nose and his left hand. After 19 years of independence, the statue to the Bolshevik leader has survived despite calls for its removal, largely due to the fact that it is by renowned Soviet sculptor, Sergey Merkurov.


XSively Stunning Looks, Experience and Charm XS - Cover Story
These days, its easy to be indifferent to pop music; but the one thing you simply cant turn a blind eye to is the extreme beauty of some of the pop music performers around. Girl band XS, is no exception. Whats On got a chance to meet up with the ladies in one of the hotels around town, where we got them in front of our cameras. Casually dressed with smiles that were quite genuine, a bit of shop talk was to be had between myself; Lera the beautiful blonde; the bewitching black-haired Zhenia; and Anya the brilliant brunette.


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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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