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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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36 (2010)/2010
1 October - 7 October
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Joe Cocker returns for another amazing concert!

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From THE EDITOR (36) - Editorial
Excuse me this week while I have a bit of a rant. But my rant is on a topic that probably upsets most of us at some point or another during our time in Kyiv, and that topic is queue jumping. The reason I have chosen this subject this week is that I have just returned from a trip to Scotland to visit my parents, and while at Gatwick Airport waiting to check in at the business class counter (dont ask why a lowly editor gets to fly business class, lets just say it was a special occasion), a woman just wandered to the front of the queue paying absolutely no attention to those of us already in it. Excuse me, I said. Theres a queue. She looked me up and down, gave me a look that declared its not possible, and said, Yes, but are you business class. Yes, I am, I replied, and with that she moved to the back of the queue.


Hooliganism in Uman Causes Death - Whats Up?
Nineteen-year old Israeli citizen, Shmuel Tuboul, was stabbed to death in Uman on Sunday 26 September. He, along with 20 thousand other Jewish followers, had come to the Cherkasy region of Ukraine on a pilgrimage to the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. According to official reports, three young Ukrainian men were found disturbing the peace by throwing rocks at a vehicle parked just outside the house where the Tuboul family were staying. Calling on them to stop, a fight ensued where Tuboul received stab wounds to the arms and legs.  He was rushed to hospital but was sadly declared dead upon arrival.


Miss Ukraine is Van Dammes New Weapon - Whats Up?
Some months back when winner of Miss Ukraine 2010 Kateryna Zakharchenko received an sms apparently from Jean-Claude van Damme asking is he might be interested in doing a little acting, she shrugged it off as a joke. 
However, when she received a call from the Muscles from Brussels himself the very next day, she realised it might be worth taking the proposition a little more seriously. Apparently, what he wanted to know was whether she was interested in a part in his new film Weapon. (Or possibly, having a shot at his weapon, were not quite sure.)
Delighted by the opportunity, Kateryna flew down to Romania where the film was being shot where she played the part of a Russian mafiosis bride.


Hijacked Ship Headed Home - Whats Up?
On 25 September, a ship manned by a Ukrainian crew on course for the Republic of Mauritius, was hijacked by Somali pirates. Having transited through the Gulf of Aden, it was captured by pirates 900 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia, and immediately altered its course in the direction of the Somali coast; after which all communication was cut off. 
The Greek operated MV Lugela was carrying 4,281 tonnes of steel bars and wires with a crew of 12 on board all Ukrainian. Kept in one of the compartments of the ship where they were not allowed to use telephones, negotiations began regarding ransom and the release of the prisoners.


Say Goodbye to Immigration Cards - Whats Up?
Flying back into Kyiv on Tuesday, Whats On Chief Editor Neil Campbell realised as the plane landed that hed not been given an immigration card. He called over one of the flight attendants who told him they were no longer needed. She continued that you could still fill one in if you wanted, in which case you wouldnt get a stamp in your passport.
Just to be on the safe side, Neil filled one in, but when he got to border control he didnt hand over the immigration card and incredibly the guard didnt ask for one.


Yanukovych Shot Down in Flames in the US - Whats Up?
On a working visit to the US last week, President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych, was met with various degrees of enthusiasm. His trip began and ended in New York where he took part in the annual summit at the opening of 65th session of the UN General Assembly.
While standing at the podium on 22 September, not one to give up on a chance at self promotion he went on for eight long minutes praising himself and his government, telling everyone who wasnt sleeping by this point how well they have done at implementing the Millennium Development Goals, executing much-needed social reforms in Ukraine, and further promising democracy and freedom of speech in Ukraine will continue to develop.


Motherhood Misery - Ukraine Today
Over the course of the last five years, Ukraine, and Kyiv in particular, has seen a rise in birth rate. While this is an encouraging demographic for the country as a whole, children do not come without added expense. Luckily, todays government is empathetic to the plight of new mothers and fathers and since 2005, childhood support payments can be applied for in various increments depending on the number of children per family. This assistance is extremely significant. But is there anything else out there to help with the burdens that come with raising a family..?  Whats On investigates.


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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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