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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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From THE EDITOR (42) - Editorial
Just like spring, autumn is a short season here in Ukraine, and sadly its already passed and winter is well and truly upon us. The communal central heating has rattled and gurgled itself into life, theres already been a light flurry of snow, and temperatures have looked at the cold side of zero. The days are short, and the nights are long, and that can be quite depressing for a lot of people, especially those mourning the passing of summer and imploring its return. But I say there cant be light without dark, warmth without cold, noise without silence, and ying without yang. All of it is part of lifes rich tapestry, and there is something good in all lifes experiences, especially here in Kyiv where there are a million excellent things to do to make the most of the long dark nights, things that, if you look at it right, are even more enjoyable because of said long dark nights.


Designer Surgical Masks - Whats Up?
Yes, the whole country has gone crazy over swine flu, and we thought wed follow. Theres been plenty of cashing in on the epidemic, first with the aptekas, and now the countrys fashion designers are at it as well launching a collection of bling bling surgical masks. Well, we figure if youre stupid enough to think theyre going to prevent you from catching flu, then youre probably stupid enough to splash the cash for a designer one.


Next IMF Tranche Unlikely Until January - Whats Up?
It seems the battling between Yushchenko and Tymoshenko has put the country in jeopardy once again as on Saturday Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the IMF said that his organisation would have to wait for the results of the election to be able to resume work with the government.
The problem it seems is that, as we reported last week, Yushchenko signed a Pensions and Wages law despite, or maybe in spite of, the fact that the IMF and Tymoshenkos government has said the law would break the budget.


Feminists Make a Stand on Maidan - Whats Up?
FEMEN, the feminists with a difference, raised a bit of a stir on Monday when they stripped off on Maidan in what they claimed was an attempt at de-stressing all those concerned about the supposed flu epidemic here in Ukraine.
Sporting surgical masks (not only on their faces), the girls declared that they were protesting against the government-fuelled hysteria surrounding the spread of the H1N1 virus.


Ukraine Pays forGas! - Whats Up?
Last week we told you that Putin was trying to stir the pot by declaring publicly that Ukraine would not be able to pay for the gas and that supplies could once more be cut off. Well, were thinking he must be feeling pretty damn silly now because on Monday Gazprom confirmed it had received payment in full from Naftogaz.
On Friday, Tymoshenko said that Ukraine had paid the $500 million bill, but the information was not confirmed by Gazprom. However, on Monday a Gazprom spokesman said, Naftogaz has paid in full for gas supplies in October.


State of Emergency in Ukraine? - Whats Up?
When anything happens in this country, you have to sit back and consider the following: What are the political reasons behind this? And, who gains from this politically? When the horrendous scaremongering over H1N1 was launched a couple of weeks ago, these were the questions most people were asking, and now we appear to have the answer. Sources close to the government, who must remain anonymous, have for some time been saying that President Viktor Yushchenko has, knowing full well his presidency is coming to an end and he doesnt have a snowballs chance in hell of getting re-elected, been looking for a reason to declare a state of emergency.


An Island That Found Independence, Almost - Ukraine History
Nowadays, the Zaporizhska Sich is more a symbolic part of our Ukrainian past than a place of foregone battles. It was an island on the Dnipro River which was, at one time, the centre of all cultural and military activity during the XVI century and became one of the only regions interested in trying to unite those who would fight for the independence of this country.
The birth of the Zaporizhska Sich dates back to 1530 when the Cossacks, crowded by Lithuanian and Polish landowners from the one side and Tatar and Turkish invaders from the other, began assembling in the Zaporizhian region.


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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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