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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.


What's On Archive 30 (2009)

30 (2009)/2009
7 August - 27 August
Its Time to Go on Vacation!
Celebrities offer suggestions on the best places to holiday

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Birthday number 2 for www.Flaer.com.ua - This month
Simon S. in Concert, UA Beach Club, Hydropark, 14 August at 23:00
Continuing in the tradition of bringing you only the best performers and DJs, the web-based promo portal www.Flaer.com.ua is celebrating its birthday and has got a surprise in store that will surely astonish Kyiv clubbers. Well-known on the electronic world stage, Simon S. is headed this way and at 24, already winning the hearts of club music lovers all over the world, he has left literally no space for anyone else.


Moscow holidays in Kyiv - This month
Ultra and Alai Oli (popwave and reggie), Art Club 44 (44 Khreshchatyk), 28 August at 22.00
Someone might think that Moscow started invading Kyiv sending their bands to play here. But is it bad to make a high quality concerts? Of course no, that why a new series of parties is to be launched in art club 44 in the end of August. Every last weekend of the month the bands from Russia will be playing here. For the opening party two Russian bands Ultra and Alai Oli were invited.


From THE EDITOR (30) - Editorial
Its August, and thats time for vacation for most people in Kyiv, and that include Whats On, because there isnt really a lot on over the next couple of weeks. Whether your off home for a few weeks, going to some exotic clime on vacation, or spending time at your dacha in the country, the month of August is the time to do it as temperatures soar in the city and the place pretty much goes to sleep for a couple of weeks. I myself am heading to Crimea for a few days, and it will be the first time Ive been there, which is embarrassing to admit when Ive been in the country for three years. I have to say I am really looking forward to it, as Ive seen the photos and the scenery looks truly breathtaking. After that Im off to Egypt for a while, then home for a few days to visit the folks. It will be good to get a break. If youre planning on getting away for a while this month, but youre still pondering the options, weve got a special feature in this issue where we asks the stars of Ukraine where theyll be going it might give you some ideas.


Biden on Russia And Ukrainian Women - Whats Up?
First the man said: Russia has to make some very difficult, calculated decisions. They have a shrinking population base, they have a withering economy, they have a banking sector and structure that is not likely to be able to withstand the next 15 years, theyre in a situation where the world is changing before them and theyre clinging to something in the past that is not sustainable.
Hold on a minute. Is Bush back? No, its Bush in reincarnation now known as Biden.


Gongadzes Skull Found - Whats Up?
Ukraine investigators say theyve found fragments of a skull they believe to be that of murdered journalist Heorhiy Gongadze. The find came just days after the arrest of former General Oleksiy Pukach who has been charged with the murder of the investigative reporter who exposed high level corruption within the Ukrainian government.
Those in charge of the investigation say that Pukach confessed to the killing when he was arrested last week.


Tit for Tat Expulsions Again! - Whats Up?
Theyre at it again, and as usual, it is all done in an oh-so-adult fashion. After Ukrainian police caught some Russian Naval folk in some dodgy goings on in Crimea and a bus full of Black Sea Fleet sailors were arrested, the government here decided to expel a Russian embassy diplomat in Kyiv in charge of the Black Sea Fleet and the Russian consul in Odesa.
The Russian government retaliated immediately with the expulsion of the Ukrainian consul in Saint Petersburgh, and an adviser in the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry is analysing the document on Russias reasons for these expulsions, but the reason seems to be childish tit for tat.


Big Macs Say the Hryvnia Undervalued - Whats Up?
As the Hryvnia slipped down below eight to the dollar last week, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko called an emergency meeting with Volodymyr Stelmkh, the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine. The hryvnia plunged below this psychological barrier despite efforts by the NBU to support the local currency through selling $100 million in interventions, suggesting the downward pressure was exceptionally strong indeed.


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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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