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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 32 (2009)

32 (2009)/2009
4 September - 10 September
All Our Lives Weve Been Waiting!
For Anastacia to come our way, and now shes on her way

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From THE EDITOR (32) - Editorial
I was in Violas on Friday evening, having a few beers with some friends. The place was pretty busy, and every table was taken by a mix of local young men and women. As I was looking around, I noticed that Whats On was the centre of attention at every single table. Each small group of people had at least one copy, and every individual in the group was reading it before passing it on to the next. Often there was nudging and gesturing as one friend pointed out something of interest to another friend. As this was the issue that had The Pros and Cons of Getting Hitched feature, there was a lot of frowning, but a lot of laughing as well. And the Dear Diary article on Ukraine coming of age also appeared to cause a lot of hilarity. As I sat there watching all this going on, I have to say I felt a lot of pride and satisfaction in the fact that our little rag was receiving so much attention.


Medvedev and Putin Pout over WWII - Whats Up?
Just prior to the 70th Anniversary of the beginning of WWII, Russias president and prime minister slammed all attempts to compare the USSR with Nazi Germany, saying that anyone who compared the two was telling a lie. Medvedev was first to slam all comparisons of this nature saying these events were the greatest tragedy of the 20th Century. It was a tragedy that took the lives of about 70 million people, according to various estimates, as this figure has never been fully determined. Thus, there can be no other view of those events. He went on to insist that the issue was who started the war, which country killed people and which country saved people, and ultimately saved Europe.


Ukraine Finally Gets its First Proper Sports Stadium - Whats Up?
Amidst the biggest pomp and ceremony Rinat Akhmetov could afford (which was a whole heap of pomp and a mountain of ceremony) the new Donbass Arena opened last week, finally giving Ukraine its first modern football stadium and possibly bringing the country a step closer to retaining the right to hold EURO 2O12.
Akhmetov must have been proud, hiring the services of K-Events, an Italian company that organised the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic Games in 2006, to organise the event.


Tensions Rising in the Black Sea - Whats Up?
Russia has accused Ukraine of attempting to seize property belonging to its Black Sea Fleet in a sign of escalating tension between the two neighbours, and it seems like the brotherly love Krushchev spoke of as the reason for handing Crimea to Ukraine is well and truly gone forever.
Russias Black Sea Fleet announced that it had prevented Ukrainian bailiffs from attempting to seize communications equipment at a lighthouse in Khersones near Sevastopol home to the Russian fleet. In a gross over reaction, servicemen in full combat gear and armed with submachine guns formed a cordon around the lighthouse to prevent the bailiffs from gaining access. Later, Russian TV showed the bailiffs being handed over to Ukrainian police.


Scanner Halts Trains - Whats Up?
An interesting row broke out between Ukraine and its smaller neighbour to the west, Slovakia, last week, and while it might have seemed rather trivial, it ended up stopping all trains travelling between the two countries for a couple of days.
The problem arose when Slovakia installed a scanner that uses X-rays at a border crossing on the Slovak-Ukrainian border. Ukraine instantly halted all trains on the route saying that it posed a threat to the health of its passengers and staff, probably in the same way an open window causes pnemonia! Slovakia said the claims were unfounded but as the country relies heavily on imports from Ukraine, it had to switch the device off until the dispute is settled.


The Return of Shevchenko! - Whats Up?
Ten years after he left for AC Milan, Ukrainian top striker Andriy Shevchenko announced his return to Dynamo Kyiv at the weekend, where he says he will end his career.
Many hope his return to Kyiv will also mark his return to form, which has taken a dip over recent years. Despite a blistering career in both domestic and international football during his early years with Dynamo and his 6 years at AC Milan, Shevchenko never seemed to fit in at Chelsea.


Working the Land With a Little Help From Friends - Ukraine Today
Well before the next crisis we may face even has a name, the day that might show up on our doorsteps like a forgotten baby in a basket, could be fast approaching. In going for the morning paper one day, many of us might open the door, see what has been left there and panic, not really knowing what do with such a dilemma.
There are some, however, who might be prepared so that if ever such a dilemma occured, it might be a little easier to manage, at least in the beginning.


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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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