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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.


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From THE EDITOR (3) - Editorial
On Saturday evening I was having a beer with some friends (no surprise there then), when the conversation turned, as it so often does at the moment, to the presidential elections. There was the usual banter back and forth as to whether Yanukovych or Tymoshenko will be the best of this small but particularly bad bunch, and then the conversation turned to the possible result (or aftermath) of either becoming president. One cheery chappy was full of doom and gloom saying that as soon as the election was over and the new president was in power, regardless of who it was, the propping up of the hryvnia would cease and it would instantly plummet to 14 or 15 to the dollar. Talk like this has been going on since the crisis hit, with many people estimating the hryvnia would drop as low as 15 to the dollar before the end of 2008. That never happened.


New Year on Maidan Forever? - Whats Up?
After Kyiv City Administration promised last week to invest in emergency helicopters and strategically located helipads for the city, it turns out that it doesnt even have enough money to dismantle the New Year tree on Maidan, proving, as we speculated, that the promise of rapid response emergency treatment was a load of baloney.
The upside, as there always is one, is that New Year could go on all year. It will certainly be fun come summer for the tourists who can have their photos taken on Kyivs main square with a Christmas tree as a backdrop.
It is traditional that the tree be dismantled on Epiphany on 19 January, but this year it is still there now, because the mayors office says it doesnt have the money to take it down.


Japanese to Help with New Kyiv Metro Line - Whats Up?
The fourth Kyiv metro line from Podil to Troyeshina has been under construction for years now (just take a trip across Trukyaniv Island and have a look at the semi-complete eyesore cutting across it), but is still a long way from complete due to a lack of funding.
However, now it seems that at last the possibility of it being completed is a little more of a reality than a pipe dream as a Japanese company met last week with the Kyiv City Administration to discuss potential cooperation.
According to Deputy Chief of the Kyiv City Administration, Valery Mironov, representatives of the ITOCHU Corporation met with the mayors office to discuss completion of the project.


New Russian Ambassador Arrives - Whats Up?
After seven months without, Ukraine finally got a new Russian Ambassador on Monday. Mikhail Zubarov, a former high level government adviser for economic policy, was appointed to the position back in August, but Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev postponed his posting citing poor relations with Ukraine.
It is a great honour and responsibility to represent Russia in Ukraine. The Russian Federation is confident that Russo-Ukrainian relations have a great deal of potential, Zubarov said in a statement.
The previous ambassador, Viktor Chernomyrdin (whose surname translates roughly as black face), had served in Ukraine for eight years before finally vacating the post in June last year, much to everyones relief.


Ballot Papers Stolen - Whats Up?
How low will they go? Thats the question on everyones lips following an incident on Monday 25 January at 7.00am when an armed gang of masked thugs broke into Ukraina printing house; the place where the countrys ballot papers are printed. The security guards at the printing house were attacked and some hospitalised.
Eyewitnesses say there was around 100 people in the gang, that they arrived at the building on a police bus and used similar equipment in the raid to that which the police would use.


Empty Promises from the Gruesome Twosome - Whats Up?
With just over a week left to the second round of the presidential elections, its only to be expected that the two candidates would pull out all the stops in an attempt to garner as many votes as possible in order that they might be victorious its what any politician would do to win. Usually, however, and for obvious reasons, most would remain within the bounds of possibility.
But not our Yulia. Obviously deeply concerned that shes going to lose the next round, shes making wild and populist promises to the electorate that are, quite frankly, completely impossible to fulfil.


All Things Indian - Ukraine Today
To get the scoop you have to go to the source and with Indias Republic Day just this week, the source in this case is Ambassador Debabrata Saha. He is fascinatingly educated on the issues regarding his country and charmingly gracious on those that concern Ukraine. And going on his fifth year in this country that seems to constantly be changing, we got the chance to sit down and talk about what Ambassador Saha expected before he arrived, those things that make the Ukrainian-Indian relationship great, and why everyone should go and visit this South Asian paradise.


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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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