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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.


What's On Archive 33 (2009)

33 (2009)/2009
11 September - 17 September
Ukrainian Pop Sensation
Stunning pop starlet Mika Newton tells about her life and music

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From THE EDITOR (33) - Editorial
Last week I was chatting to a small group of twentysomething Ukrainians when I was asked: So what do you think of your politicians? I thought about this for a moment, considering whether I should give an honest reply (a bunch of thieving, self-serving fools), but for once in my life I took the diplomatic approach, smiled and asked in return: What do YOU think of them? There was a long pause where everyone looked at each other. Smiles were exchanged, and I could see that, as a group, they were going through an internal conflict between national pride and telling the truth to the foreigner. Initial verbal responses were tentative, and mostly of the hedge-your-bets variety. One young lady eventually admitted that she had no idea whom to vote for in the forthcoming presidential elections. I wouldnt want any of the candidates as a president for Ukraine, she said forlornly.


Uzhgorod Mayor Accused of Anti-Semitism - Whats Up?
The mayor of the western Ukrainian border town, Uzhgorod, has proven himself to be somewhat less than intelligent when it comes to politics, as hes been accused of calling presidential hopeful, Yatsenyuk, an impudent little jew. Not only this, but according to Yatsenyuks office, the mayor of Uzhgorod, Serhiy Ratushnyak, also attacked and injured a young woman who was campaigning for him in the town. Ratushnyak allegedly threw himself at the woman, grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the ground.


The Sliding Hryvnia - Whats Up?
Coming under the  category of tell-me-something-I-dont know, the Hryvnia has lost over six percent in value against the dollar since the beginning of September, and it continues its downward slide as we go to press coming perilously close to the psychological barrier of nine to the dollar.
Despite many emerging markets taking a bit of a bounce last week leading up to the G20 finance meeting, with many hopeful that government policy will continue to support global recovery, Ukraine continued on a downward trend due to political instability and a lack of trust in the banking system, according to Koon Chow, EMEA forex strategist at Barclays Capital.


Ukraine has a New Miss - Whats Up?
Every year Ukrainian girls seem to become more and more beautiful and so with the Miss Ukraine 2009 title competition coming to its conculsion this past weekend, dont think the judges had it easy. On 6 September, Palace Ukraine, in all its beauty and splendour, was nothing in comparison to what was present inside and even though a bit of a struggle ensued over who should rightfully wear the crown, this year it was 20 year-old Eugenia Tulchevska from Dnipropetrovsk who walked away with the big prize. Along with tears of loss and laughter, the title of First Vice-Miss went to Anastasia Senina from Kharkiv and Evelina Voloshina from Alchevsk became the second runner up for 2009. The third runner-up, according to public sympathies, went to Anna Poslavska, who was just one of 26 other girls vying for the number one spot.


More Verbal Fisticuffs Between Russia and Ukraine - Whats Up?
Last week Russias puppet (in all sense of the word) President Dmitri Medvedev started off another round of banal banter with Ukraine when he said his country could not have normal relationships with Ukraine unless there is a change of leadership in Kyiv (he hates it when people spell it that way). In what can only be seen as an attempt to boost the Party of Regions popularity amongst eastern-leaning Ukrainians, he went on to say that he hopes new leadership in Ukraine will drastically improve relations between the two countries.
Immediately prior to this, in a open letter, he accused Ukraines leaders of anti-Russian policies, citing support for Georgia in its recent conflict with Russia, and efforts to join NATO.


Tymoshenko Allies Take Over Inter TV - Whats Up?
According to reports in the press, allies of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko have gained control over Inter, Ukraines most popular TV channel. Theres been a bit of a battle going on for control of the channel for sometime now, and it looks like Tymoshenko, as she so often done, has won out in the end, giving her control over what has to be the best political promotion tool in the country. And thats a little bit lucky with the presidential elections looming.


Sexy Little Thing Mika Newton - Cover Story
When you hear the last name of this rising little songbird, perhaps you immediately think of the scientist with whom she shares her familia. Could she be the great great great (and the greats go on) granddaughter of this renowned scientist?
Although we all like to link ourselves to people of notoriety, the only thing that this little lady has in common between herself and the man whose scientific findings are legendary the world over, is talent.

Mindful Musicality
While Im really into pop-rock music because it has a lot of drive, my music has no boundaries; it can be understood by everyone and in all generations, says Mika, modestly, when I meet her in the offices of Whats On.


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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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