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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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From THE EDITOR (25) - Editorial
On Saturday, my friend and I were sitting in a pub having a beer, wondering whether it was worth heading down to the ACC 4th of July Picnic. It was pouring outside and we were sure that if we went there wed find the place empty because of the weather. After a lot of humming and hawing, we decided to give it a go as we didnt have much else to do, so we jumped in a taxi and headed down. Upon arrival, we were shocked to find the place as busy as it ever is. It seemed that this is such a good day out for the family, that people couldnt resist going, even if it meant they were going to get soaked. Of course, the main open section of the Spartak pitch was vacant, but the covered areas were full of people, all of whom seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves. Nick Tym was on stage when we arrived, blasting out some excellent covers, including a superlative version of the Polices Every Breath You Take.


Builders Destroy Kyivs Myth - Whats Up?
Another massive construction scandal broke at the weekend when bulldozers and excavators moved in and started leveling the historically important Shchekavytsya hill at the weekend. According to the ancient legend of the foundation of this great city, three brothers Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv came here and built a town on three mountains, which bear their names.
Standing high above Podil Shchekavytsya became a fortress in the 12th century, and later a massive cemetery for victims of the plague in the 18th century.


Cyprus and Ukraine Deepen Relations - Whats Up?
President of Cyprus Demetris Christoflas arrived in Kyiv on Monday for a tete-a-tete with the big man himself, who said that hes very interested in intensifying bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Your visit to Ukraine is convincing proof that our states are seeking to strengthen cooperation. I am convinced that we will have something to talk about today, Yanukovych told his Cypriot counterpart at the beginning of their meeting, going on to note the importance of the visit as its the first time a Cypriot president has visited Ukraine.


Naked Breasts Attack - Whats Up?
Yes, that uniquely Ukrainian feminist movement, FEMEN have been up to their old tricks again, this time at a graduation ceremony in Shevchenko National University, which must have given the grey-haired professors a bit of a shock.
As per FEMENs now traditional method of protesting, Inna Shevchenko burst into the ceremony half-naked, breasts bared, holding a placard that declared Dormitories for Students. The reason for the demonstration this time?


Privatisation of Gas Pipeline to Get Approval - Whats Up?
So, as Tymoshenko sits in a stuffy court on Kreshchatyk charged with abuse of office when negotiating gas contracts with the Russians, the government talks about privatising the Ukrainian gas transit system, looking for funding from Russia and Europe.
Since the current administration signed the deal with Russia extending the lease of Black Sea Fleet naval base in Sevastopil for another 25 years in return for a discount on gas theyre not happy with, the Russians have been pushing for a merger between the giant Gazprom and the much smaller Nagtogaz.


Odesa: Sex Trafficking Capital of Europe - Whats Up?
Recent reports from visitors returning from a trip to Odesa stating that the number of prostitutes working in the Black Sea port seems to have grown astronomically this year have been backed up by an excellent piece by Mark Townsend of the British newspaper, the Guardian which states that Odesa has become the main hub for sex-trafficking in Europe. 
Last week, the US state department published the most comprehensive study ever undertaken into human trafficking worldwide. The Trafficking In Persons report estimates that up to 800,000 human beings continue to be traded across borders. Many end up working in brothels across Europe, and many come from Ukraine and are enslaved in Odesa.


Jumping Fires - Picture Perfect
The Ivana Kupala celebrations on 6 July demonstrate just how close this country remains to its pagan past, and when people celebrate the natural world with such fun and fervour, that cant be a bad thing. The most fun part of the day is jumping the fire, and this man has picked a rather big one. We hear he escaped with only first degree burns to his feet.


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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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