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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 (22) - Editorial
Kyiv is a place where emphasis is firmly placed on the material, and many peoples sense of self comes from the clothes they wear and the cars they drive. Of course, these days it is this way pretty much everywhere, but here it seems a little more extreme. Many people give many explanations for this, but mostly its all put down to a reaction to Soviet deprivation. Well, to me, thats some reaction. For me, material belongings fall way down on my list. Friedrich Nietzsche once said, He who possesses less, is so much the less possessed. And as someone whos always enjoyed his freedom that makes a lot of sense, because things tie you down. If you want to move, or travel, possessions make it all a lot more complicated. Fyodor Dostoyevsky said in his amazing short novel Notes from Underground: A chicken coop is as good as a mansion, if ones intention is to remain dry.


Clinton to Visit Ukraine - Whats Up?
No, not Bill (although rumour has it hes heard about Ukrainian girls and is trying his hardest to get his wife to let him), but US Secretary of State Hillary.
While Yanukovych is desperately waiting for Obama to pay him a visit, the US has decided to send Hillary Clinton instead, and her visit is scheduled for the American Independence Day, 4 July (Jorge, have you sent her an invitation to the picnic yet?).
Yanukovych is trying to pretend that an invitation was made specifically for her to arrive on this date, but it seems far more likely that its been fitted into her tour of the region, but no harm in trying to claim a few extra political brownie points.


Lytvyn Accuses Yanukovych of Power Grab - Whats Up?
Now, you might be thinking Parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn is a little late with this statement, but youd be wrong, because hes not talking about the constitution breaking laws Yanukovych passed in order that he form a ruling coalition, but an even bigger power grab.
Over the weekend, Lytvyn accused Yanukovych of seeking to increase his grip on power saying that the Party of Regions is aggressively recruiting activists throughout the nation, and that Yanukovych may seek early parliamentary elections in order that they have a majority of seats and can do as they please.


Ukraines Journalists Protest - Whats Up?
A hundred Ukrainian journalists got together on Sunday to march to the Cabinet of Ministers protesting against the narrowing of press freedoms in the country since Yanukovych came to power. In a very humourous attempt to highlight their concerns, theyd published a spoof newspaper entitled the Ukrainian Truth, which they handed out to passersby before delivering it to the cabinet offices. The newspaper described a Ukraine where Rinat Akhmetov was on hunger strike in prison, Yulia Tymoshenko had been exiled to foreign lands, and all law-makers were part of the ruling party.


Deflation of 0.6% in May - Whats Up?
Would you believe that things in Ukraine actually got cheaper in May? Well they did, for the first time since 2003. And this has to be a marked improvement on an inflation rate of over 25% in 2009.
According to a statement from the State Statistics Committee, average consumer prices fell by 0.6% in May of this year, compared to inflation of 8.5% in May 2009. This included a fall of 1.4% for foodstuffs and non-alcoholic beverages. Prices for clothes and footwear rose by only 0.1%, while housing and utility costs went up by 0.2%, healthcare by 0.5% and education by 0.2% (arent those last two supposed to be free here?).


Yanukovych Refuses to Recognise Georgian Rebel Regions - Whats Up?
Proving he will not place himself wholly in Putins pocket, President Viktor Yanukovych said on Friday Ukraine would not recognise Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent, a move that will likely be very disappointing for Moscow.
Russia recognised the Georgian regions as independent in August 2008 after fighting a brief war with Georgia, but embarrassingly for the superpower, only Nicaragua, Venezuela and the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru (anyone ever heard of it?) have backed it up.


Kitten and the Bear Do Beautiful Lviv - Ukraine Travel
When I came to Ukraine, which seems like just a few short years ago, the first city I stopped in was, of course, Kyiv. But of all the cities I have been to on my travels throughout this incredible country since then, it is Lviv that remains on top of that incredible places to visit list. 
The first time I had the opportunity to take in Lviv was in the autumn a couple of years back, and, to be honest, the area seemed a bit gloomy and unfriendly.


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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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