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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 (26) - Editorial
Our main Whats Up news story last week was about the rocketing rates of prostitution and human trafficking in Odesa. The statistics are shocking, and what is even more shocking is that it all seems to have happened so quickly. Of course, there has always been prostitution in Odesa, as there has been in every other town and city in the world, and with it being a port on the Black Sea, its more than likely to have seen its fair share of human trafficking too. But over the last year, it has gone crazy down there. I was there last year, and there was no noticeable sign of prostitution, but people I know whove been there this year say it is everywhere. One friend of mine who was there recently asked a local friend what was going on. I dont know, the friend replied. It seems that half the girls in the city have turned to prostitution in the last year.


US Teen Heading to Ukraine for Stem Cell Treatment - Whats Up?
Heres a very interesting one we found this week a 16-year-old boy from Iowa suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will come to Ukraine in August to receive stem cell treatment here that is hoped will improve his condition.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a degenerative muscle disease that causes difficulties in breathing and walking. Its the most common, and most fatal, form of muscular dystrophy, so its hardly surprising that Myles Cook is hoping for anything that will help him.


English Speaking Public Transport Workers for 2012! - Whats Up?
A few weeks ago, the newest edition to the Whats On team, Stephen Oryszczuk was invited by the Ukraina TV channel to take part in a short documentary investigating how ready Ukraine is for the massive influx of foreigners next year. Basically he was given a handheld video and had to get himself from the airport to the Olympic stadium with no local language skills at all.
Rather humourously, Stephen decided to say hello with do svidanya letting all those he was attempting to communicate with know right from the start he had no grasp of the language, and then asked his questions in English.


Parliament Amends Pension Law as IMF Demands - Whats Up?
A couple of weeks ago, Prime Minister Azarov declared there was no way he was going to raise domestic gas prices, and the IMF would just have to live with it. But it appears the country needs the money more than theyre letting on, because early Monday morning the Verkhovna Rada gave final approval to a massive pension overhaul.
After a nine-hour debate, 247 deputies voted for the new legislation that will raise the retirement age for women by five years to 60.


Happy Birthday, Mr President! - Whats Up?
Viktor Yanukovych turned 61 at the weekend, and to celebrate he took all those close to him to a very exclusive state dacha in the middle of an ancient pine forest in Crimea. Its said that Soviet Premiere Brezhnev used to use the place as his summer vacation residence, so its easy to get an idea of the size and luxury of this 'dacha'.
Of course, there was a feast, with pheasants, salmon, and all other manner of haute cuisine all accompanied by the finest wines and champagne money can buy.


Tymoshenko Trial: A Politically Motivated Farce - Whats Up?
Ukrainian politics are difficult to fathom. Its highly probable that every politician in the country is corrupt and has stolen as much as they possibly can from the state. Therefore its difficult to have any sympathy for any of them, should they stand trial. At the same time, the Yanukovych administration seems to be getting things done new schools are being built, roads are being upgraded, construction projects that have been around for years have been completed: in short, the city is looking better than it has in a long time.


Back to the Motherland - Ukraine History
As a 31-year-old Englishman, Ive always been aware of my Ukrainian roots. My grandfather was from Western Ukraine, and came to England at the end of WWII. To help him integrate, he took an English surname. But when I got married last year, my wife and I decided to change it back to Oryszczuk because its something I felt proud of. When my wife was offered a secondment in Kyiv, we jumped at the chance, because, we thought it would be an incredible opportunity in so many ways. There is family here Ive never met, but desperately wanted to know.


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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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