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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.


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19 February - 25 February
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My friend Stina, a Swedish girl whos been living in Ireland for the past six years (which makes for a very interesting accent), flew into town on Saturday for a few days visit. It was her first visit to Kyiv, and, despite almost an hours wait to clear passport control (when is something going to be done about that?), the city we all call home grabbed her fascination almost from the word go. After a delayed flight and the aforementioned lengthy queue at the border, it was quite late on Saturday evening before we were in a position to do anything, so we just met with some friends for a quiet drink and eats. But on Sunday, despite the blizzard, we headed out to see some sights. First of all we walked down to Rodina Mat and the War Museum, then Pecharska Lavra, and from there we wandered slowly into town, taking a side trip through Mariinsky park.


Visa-free Israel Delayed - Whats Up?
Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu getting involved a couple of weeks ago in the debate over whether Israel should offer visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens, when he said he supported the move, the decision has been delayed and could now get bogged down in a huge pile of bureaucracy.


Three New Metro Stations for Summer - Whats Up?
According to reports in local press, Kyiv is going to be the proud owner of three new metro stations in the very near future. After year of delay, Metro Stroi, the state-owned company in charge of metro construction, has finally been granted the 750 million hryvnia it says it needs to complete construction works.
All three stations will be on the blue line out past Libidska, and will provide service to southern districts of the city. The new stations Demeevska, Holosiyivska and Vasylkivska, will bring relief to many commuters in this part of the town who currently have to battle against horrendous traffic to get to the centre.


Kyiv Does Nothing About the Ice - Whats Up?
After further heavy snowfalls at the weekend, the problem of ice on the citys pavements is one that is not going to go away any time soon, and the citys residents are the ones suffering, especially the elderly.
Every day Kyivs hospitals are inundated with people suffering from broken limbs having fallen on the ice.


Baltic Pipeline Gets the Go Ahead - Whats Up?
On Monday a Finnish regional agency gave the greenlight to Nord Stream, the Gazprom-led pipeline project that will transport gas directly from Russia to Europe, putting an end to Ukraines partial monopoly.
Gas shipments through this new route are planned to start as early as next year, and while this means that supplies to Europe will be more secure, it reduces the importance of the Ukrainian transit system, and therefore its value. In the long term, this could have very damaging consequences on the countrys economy, and one thing Yanukovych has to do (but wont) as quickly as possible is cut the money-grabbing middlemen from the loop and make the thing profitable for the nation.


Yanukovych Declared Victor As Yulia Whines - Whats Up?
Were hoping this is the last time well be writing about the presidency here for some time, as the same storys occupied this space for so long now. But this week, again, its just too good to ignore.
On Sunday the Central Election Commission (CEC) declared Viktor Yanukovych the winner in the second round of the presidential elections, but Tymoshenko refuses to accept the result. Declaring over a million fraudulent votes were balloted in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Yulia has demanded a recount in these areas, but the CEC has firmly refused, and now she is talking about taking it to the courts. Yanukovych is not our president, and he will never become the legitimately elected president, she said on TV on Sunday. 
Come on woman, you lost. While few of us are happy with the result, all indications point to a fair election. This is democracy. No one ever said it was a good thing.


Advice for Single Men - Kyiv Culture
Its Mens Day this week, which used to be known and is still often referred to as Red Army Day, and this historic title gives a better flavour of what its about. Its a day for men to be men, and for women to treat their men as such. Lets be honest, even although Valentines Day has just past and Womens Day is rapidly approaching, these sorts of holidays are days when men do even more for their women than every other day of the year. But Mens Day is the one day when we get the chance to be treated the way we deserve. So this day, above all others, is not a day to be single. And come on, if youre a single man in Kyiv, weve gotta ask: What the hell you doing man?


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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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