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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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Whats On: Read All Over the World (#6) - Competitions
Sometimes it really amazes us here at What's On, the incredible distances our humble little magazine reaches, and the incredible sights it has seen. This week is one of those times! Above we've got a photo from Oksana Kneychuk when she visited the Helsinki Cathedral for the United Buddy Bears Exhibition. And below we're in Iraq in front of the Ziggurat of Ur near the city An Nasriyah. This incredible ziggurat is one of the best preserved in Iraq and is over 4,500 years old.


From THE EDITOR (6) - Editorial
Weve been very lucky with the weather this winter, with temperatures staying pretty much in the pluses most of the time. Over the last week, however, its got a little bit cold and thats started people complaining. Despite the fact that temperatures havent dropped below -10 even now (which is still pretty good considering Kyiv winters can regularly throw temperatures of minus twenty or worse at you), the cold weather has got a lot of people complaining. Ive heard a lot of it over the last few days, and its made me think how many people are of the glass-half-empty variety. I for one dont mind when it gets cold, because when I am cold I can look forward to getting inside and getting warm, and hot baths become a truly special treat when its cold outside. And, as I said at the beginning, weve not got a lot to complain about this year.


First Ukrainian Space Tourist - Whats Up?
Leonid Kadenyuk, Soviet cosmonaut, is the only Ukrainian to go into space. Until now, that is, as the first Ukrainian space tourist, Andriy Palchevsky, has booked his place on a mission to outer space next year.
Andriy, host on the First National Channel, applied for the trip more than a year ago on the website of Virgin Galactic, owned by the Virgin group, which is in turn owned by eccentric British billionaire Richard Branson.


New Shopping Mall Roof Collapses - Whats Up?
Often as one wanders around town looking at some of the various construction projects going on, and taking even a cursory look at the way in which they are being constructed, one can often find oneself wondering: How long will that stay up?
Well when it comes to SkyMall, Kyivs newest and one of its largest shopping malls and entertainment centres, the answer apparently is not very long: On 17 February 2011, at 13.50 the roof collapsed injuring two people, one of whom needed to be hospitalised, and considering the centre only opened in August 2010, thats not very long at all.


Ukraine Loves Alcohol - Whats Up?
Youd never have guessed, would you? But apparently its true. The World Health Organisation has just published its list of the worlds most alcohol-loving countries, and Ukraine is just out of the medals coming in a close fourth behind Hungary, the Czech Republic and the gold medal winner, Moldova.
Rather humourously, Ukraine shares fourth place with Russia, which is also a country full of booze bags apparently.


GM Bringing Production to Ukraine - Whats Up?
It has been announced that the General Motors Chevrolet Aveo, is soon to be produced in Ukraine. Production is set to move from the FSO Factory in Poland to the Zaporizhzhya automobile factory next year because production in Poland has all but ceased since the crisis, while here in Ukraine the cars are still selling reasonably well.
Apparently the Zaporizhzhya plant is experiencing a drop in production of around 50%, so the two getting together seems like a win-win situation.


Presidential Paranoia? - Whats Up?
Have you ever seen the film, The Last King of Scotland? If not, you might be inclined to think its about a king of Scotland, the last one in fact, but youd be wrong. The film is about Idi Amin, who ruled Uganda with an iron fist from 1971 until 1979, and who called himself the Last King of Scotland for some strange reason. What the film depicts is a mans decline into paranoia and psychosis as he tries to secure his powerful position and defend himself against those who would oust him.


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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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