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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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.


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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 (7) - Editorial
What on earth is going on in the world? First it was Tunisia, then Egypt, and now, Libya of all places. And alongside all these outright rebellions are a number of protests going on throughout the whole Arab world. At the same time, a devastating earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand, one more in a long line of natural disasters. It’s almost enough to have you looking at people’s foreheads for number tattoos, and I for one, devout atheist as I am, wouldn’t be overly surprised if four scary looking men upon four different coloured horses rode past me on the street. That aside, out of all this, the most interesting thing in all these people’s revolutions is the desperate manner in which these dictators cling to power. They’ve been there a long time (Gaddafi for 41 years!), have enjoyed the power all these years, and must have made all the money they possibly could need.


One of Gaddafi’s Girls Comes Home - Whats Up?
Halyna Kolotnytska – one of a reported four Ukrainian nurses working for embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, returned home from Tripoli on 27 February aboard an emergency evacuation flight organised by the Ukrainian government. Kolotnytska was one of 186 Ukrainians who fled the troubled country, where violence continues to rage. Kolotnytska’s name first became public last autumn when the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks released a series of U.S. diplomatic cables in which the 38-year-old Brovary native was described as a “voluptuous blond”.


Recount for Eurovision? - Whats Up?
Ukraine’s national qualifying round for the 2011 Eurovision song contest has – surprise of all surprises – ended in scandal yet again. The voting, which included live on-air voting by SMS and ballots to be cast by the competition jury panel, resulted in a win for 25-year-old blonde rocker Mika Newton. Unless the claims of a rigged contest can be proven, the Burshtyn native will represent her native land in Dusseldorf, Germany, at this year’s event.


Ukrainian Star of the Modern Pentathalon - Whats Up?
Ukrainian Pavlo Tymoshenko has struck gold in the first event of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Series 2011 held in Palm Springs, California, breaking the world pistol shooting record in the process. Tymoshenko started in third place going into the last event of Sunday’s men’s final, featuring a combined 3,000-metre run and the pistol-shooting contest; the event also includes equestrian show jumping, a 200m freestyle swim and epee fencing.


Peacekeeper Tempted by Gasoline… and Money - Whats Up?
While charges of bribery are usually saved for those in our upper echelons, corruption, dishonesty and bribery are not unique to them only. In fact it seems that profiteering has quite a far reach, its latest escapade wreaking havoc with a certain Ukrainian peacekeeper in Kosovo. The officer involved, whose name will not become public until the end of the court hearing, has been charged with abuse of position for allegedly taking bribes when receiving fuel for NATO peacekeeping contingents.


President Yanukovych Answers the Nation - Whats Up?
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych marked his first year in office with a four-hour TV marathon for which people nationwide had been invited to ask him whatever was on their minds. Such hubris as allowing “any questions” was meant, in theory, to show the President as an open, approachable figure, even if the questions would be lobbed at him like  tennis balls to a toddler learning the game of “catch”.


Looking for Love? - Kyiv Culture
Imagine Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day all rolled into one: what do you get? International Women’s Day! If you’re from Ukraine or other post-Soviet countries, it’s an unfortunate day to be without that special someone. However, with the help of people like Natalia Koval, you likely wont’ be celebrating on your own come 8 March 2012.


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Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t 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 – children’s 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. What’s 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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