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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 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 (20) - Editorial
Now that the good weather has arrived, Ive started walking to work down the whole length of Lesi Ukrainka Boulevard. Its a very pleasant way to start the day, and I also hope it will help me lose a kilo or two (although the walk is often interrupted while I purchase a couple of bacon and egg McMuffins, so the weight loss has not been significant so far). Whats been really interesting about my walks to work is that a couple of times over the past week a clear plastic envelope full of $100 bills has landed at my feet and a man has started gesticulating wildly towards it while looking at me, his face alive with excitement. Now, I first arrived in Kyiv on 2 June 2006. On 3 June 2006 I was walking along one side of Maidan Nezhalestonsti when a short tubby chap tapped me on the shoulder and asked me a question in Russian.


Kyiv: A Model of Modernisation - Whats Up?
Speaking at a presentation on the development of the capital until 2025, Yanukovych said that Kyiv should become a model of modernisation for the whole of Ukraine.
Order in the country starts with the capital," he said. "And the efficiency of reforms in Kyiv will determine the success of modernisation of Ukraine as a whole. Therefore, the development of the capital, bringing it into order with innovation, are a matter of national importance without exaggeration.


Cholera in Mariupol - Whats Up?
Three cases of cholera have been registered in Mariupol, in Donetsk Region. On Sunday, infected people were taken to a local hospital in moderate condition. The disease has been linked to bacteria present in the local sea water and fish. Two of the victims had eaten fish caught in the area the day before, while another swallowed some sea water and similarly ended up in hospital.


Chernovetsky Questioned - Whats Up?
Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky may be charged in connection with 20 criminal cases opened against deputies of his eponymous municipal political party by the Office of the Prosecutor-General.  Chernovetsky himself has already been questioned at by the prosecutor and has been summoned for further inquiries and interrogation regarding his role in massive theft of Kyivs state-owned property.


Review of Gas Contract Unacceptable - Whats Up?
Any hopes the Ukrainian government has for a better gas deal from Russia will be dashed, according to a transcript of a meeting between diminutive Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Chairman of Gazprom Alexey Miller. 
After royally screwing up the deal done last year, which gave Russia access to the Black Sea Naval Base at Sevastopol for a further 25 years while not securing a very good price for gas for Ukraine, Yaukovych and Asarov have been going back, cap in hand, constantly asking for more.


Yanukovych Sweeps Aside European Bluster - Whats Up?
Last week, the European UNI0N Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton hit out at the Ukrainian government for the charges that have been levelled against former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko. But for Yanukovych  and his gang, it must have felt, to quote former British Chancellor Denis Healey, like being savaged by a dead sheep.
Tymoshenko has now been charged with abuse of office for concluding a gas import contract with Russia the current administration claims cost the country $440 million in lost revenue.


Todays Forecast: Theres a Storm Coming - Ukraine Today
News of a Ukrainian weather forecasters recent decision to sprinkle her live broadcast with poetic political commentary has reached well beyond our borders. The story has once again put Ukraine firmly on the global map as executives tried to play down the story amid screams of censorship. We here at Whats On just had to throw our bolt of lightning into the storm.


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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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