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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 (28) - Editorial
Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ner within him burned, As home his footsteps he hath turned, From wandering on a foreign strand, said Sir Walter Scott in his poetic diatribe against the arrogant and self-obsessed. Personally, while I love the lyrical beauty of his poetry, I have never agreed with his correlation between patriotic feelings and selfish snobbery. In fact, I think patriotism is the mother of extreme nationalist views. But I have to admit, as I returned to Scotland last week for the first time in a few months I felt my patriotic passions stirring as the plane flew in over the green fields of Ayrshire, and I could see the sprawling, island-laden waters of Loch Lomond to the west and the rugged rocky slopes of the Campsie Fells to the north.


Cows Fuelling Milk Plant - Whats Up?
The news this week is full of suprises first Yanukovych signs his law on neutrality, and then we find out that the country is leaping ahead in renewable energy.
Apparently, the Ukrainian Milk Company just outside Kyiv has been successfully operating the countrys first biogas cogeneration plant for the past nine months. The manure from the 4,000 cows on the farm is being converted into biogas, which is then being used to produce the heat and electricity needed to run the milk production plant.


Law Passed onNeutrality - Whats Up?
You know, the man we often refer to here as a lumbering oaf or the big galloot has made us a little confused some of the things hes doing actually make quite a lot of sense (even if we hate to admit it). Last week President Yanukovych signed a law confirming Ukraines stance as a neutral non-aligned power.
Non-participation  in any military alliance is the key point in the new law entitled Principles of Domestic and Foreign Policy, the presidential press service said.


Government Drops Steel Subsidies - Whats Up?
This ones a bit of a surprise, because we thought Yanukovych was well in the pocket of the oligarchs of Donbass, most of which have made their billions through steel production, helped greatly by massive government subsidies. But last week the government, under quite strong pressure from the IMF it must be said, scrapped massive steel subsidies to the steel sector.
The subsidies were introduced in November 2008 by then Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, when global demand for steel plummeted during the recession. The subsidies were provided by ordering state-owned companies to reduce their tariffs to steel companies, saving them a fortune in transportation and power costs.


20 Years of State Sovereignty - Whats Up?
Last Friday, 16 July 2010, the countrys leaders gathered in parliament to celebrate the passing of 20 years since the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic signed the Declaration of State Sovereignty.
The countrys first president Leonid Kravchuk, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko gathered in unity to mark the event and listen to a video message from President Yanukovych who said: Ukraine made a decisive step towards independence by approving the Declaration of State Sovereignty twenty years ago. Approving the Declaration was not an easy decision to make, because most of the lawmakers of the Parliament of Soviet Ukraine found it hard to change their old mentality. But finally they voted in favour of the document that opened a new page in the history of Ukraine.


New Government Reversing HIV and AIDS Policy? - Whats Up?
Youve got to wonder whats in the heads of those in power in this country today one moment they seem to be making some clever moves (see opposite), and the next theyre doing things that make ones mind boggle.
This week the 18th International AIDS Conference will take place in Vienna, and, according to the British newspaper, the Guardian, the focus this year will be on Eastern Europe and particularly Ukraine.
Last week we wrote that for the first time, Ukraine is seeing more cases of HIV transmission through heterosexual sex rather than drug abuse, which is a very worrying sign in itself. But drug abuse is still a very prevalent means by which the virus spreads.


A City of Contrasts - Ukraine Today
We live in a world of contrasts; which is something that can be said about every continent, country, city, town or village. The US talks about their Silicone Valley and the beauty of their cover girls while at the same time it maintains the highest number of overweight people per capita in the world. France likes to talk about its mile-long fashion record, while youre average Fraincaise is hardly a fashion authority. Japan too has succeeded in building a highly successful economy, while those couples who have spent their lives building this successful economy patiently queue in the How to Bring a Bit of Romance Back into Your Relationship line. There are contrasts everywhere; the difference is that the disparity is more striking depending upon where you look.


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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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