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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 (22) - Editorial
On Friday evening I happened to attend yet another of these networking parties that have sprung up recently. As soon as I arrived, a large chap I would guess to be in his 50s approached me with exuberance and introduced himself. He told me his name and where he was from, and I replied in kind. What do you do here? he then asked, originality one of his strong points. I replied and asked, and you? I do such-and-such back home, he said. That, of course, left one question I was dreading to know the answer to, but couldnt resist from asking: what was he doing in Ukraine? Beer and girls, he declared, and believe me, they have plenty of beer where this guy comes from. Later I came across a new regular at such parties a chap whos given himself a reptilian nickname that quite obviously is intended to refer to whats in his trousers and who tells ladies hes writing a book that will be cut in the shape of the male sex organ.


Biggest Oil Painting in the World Unveiled inKyiv - Whats Up?
The biggest oil painting in the world (apparently) was created on Spivoche Pole in Kyiv last week during the Days of Palestinian Culture in Ukraine. The painting is 20 metres high and 15 wide giving it an overall area of 300 square metres, which the Ukrainian Book of Records claims to be the biggest in the world, although this has not yet been confirmed by Guinness.
The artist is one Jamal Badvan who was born in Palestine but has lived in Kyiv for the last 20 years.


One in Ten Ukrainians Cant Afford Food - Whats Up?
According to the World Bank, 12.5 million Ukrainians are living below the poverty line (on less than three dollars a day), and this terrible statistic has been backed up by a recent survey conducted by the Ukrainian Democratic Circle which declares that one in ten Ukrainians does not have enough money for food.


NATO Attacks Right Wing Svoboda - Whats Up?
NATO  has called the Svoboda Party of Ukraine an anti-western, anti-liberal, anti-EU, anti-Semitic and anti-Russian organisation. Now thats what you call not mincing words. 
All this came out in a project report by the Parliamentary Assembly of NATO, and in the report the writers also expressed deep concern by the rising support for this right-wing party which in the last local elections achieved a majority in Lviv, Ivano Frankivsk and Ternopil regions.


Russia Unhappy over US Ukraine Military Exercises - Whats Up?
And Putin must be fuming over it. He was surely thinking once Yanukovych was in power, little Russia would be as good as back under his rule, and it would do everything ordered of it. But apparently, the current government isnt giving him it all his own way, and last week the US Monterey guided missile cruiser entered the Black Sea to perform joint exercises with Ukraine.


US Court Orders US Firm to Pay Ukraine $60 Million! - Whats Up?
According to the Wall Street Journal, a federal judge has ordered an Oregon company to pay $60 million to the Ukrainian government in a civil-racketeering lawsuit thats revealed a web of companies allegedly tied to fraudulent schemes in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan.
The judge in question entered a default judgement on Friday evening ordering the company, Olden Group, to pay triple the amount sought by a Ukrainian government entity that alleged it had been overcharged for vaccines by Olden and a Ukrainian company.


Kitten and the Bear do Chernivtsi - Ukraine Travel
Together with Lviv, Chernivtsi is also part of the beautiful cultural centre that is Western Ukraine. In addition to being right in the middle of the marvellously indigenous Bukovyna region, a sanctuary for a number of wonderful Ukrainian traditions, it is also home to a large number of ethnic nationalities, many of which lead a naturally European way of life.


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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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