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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.


What's On Archive 27 (2011)

27 (2011)/2011
22 July - 28 July
Fun with Friends
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From THE EDITOR (27) - Editorial
You come across all sorts of people when living in Kyiv alpha dogs looking to make their millions and find a beautiful bride; alpha dogs whove already made their millions and found their beautiful brides; beautiful Ukrainian girls looking for alpha dogs wholl buy them trinkets; qualified businessman running the local branch of international businesses; older gents just looking for a little companionship in their latter years; sleazy sex-pats just hoping to hook up with a beautiful Ukrainian girl; beautiful Ukrainian girls looking for a foreign husband who will take them to greener pastures; idiots who think they can turn up and make a fortune assuming everyone already here must be stupid; deeply insecure men and women just trying to find themselves and someone to love them;


J Lo To Sing inUkraine - Whats Up?
Yep! You got it right Jennifer Lopez in Ukraine! Youre probably wondering why we here at Whats On fell off the ball and didnt announce the concert. The truth of the matter is her visit to Ukraine is to sing, but not for the public. Rumour has it that the recently separated soon to be 42-year old hot Latino mama was requisitioned to sing for half an hour at a wedding somewhere in the country this week. And who's? The daughter of Serhiy Taruta, Ukraine's second biggest oligarch.


Ukraines Last Wizard Murdered - Whats Up?
Mykhailo Nechay, a famous Ukrainian white magic healer from the Ivano-Frankivsk region, was killed recently. Taking people into his home to heal and/or look into their futures, the 82-year old wizard had truly unique abilities. His gift betrayed him on 15 July, however, as he was stabbed to death by some religions nut accusing Nechay of paganism and slandering the church. The suspect was caught the same day in a forest six kilometres from the village in which the wizard lived.


One Head is Good, Two is Better - Whats Up?
Two heads are always better than one our teachers always used to say. But we would like to propose that perhaps that is not always the case. At least, not for the two-headed snake on exhibit in the Yalta Zoo. The three-year old, two-foot-long albino California Kingsnake has two heads: both of which eat, breath, sleep and think for themselves. It is a rarely seen phenomenon, occurring every 50 years or so.


Exclusive Porsche for an Exclusive Ukrainian - Whats Up?
One of the last centurys most iconic machines, the Porsche Spyder, is back on the market, but youre going to have to act fast if you want to get in on the craze. Equipped with a 500-horse power V8 engine and curves that will make even the most striking Ukrainian beauty blush, the Porsche Spyder 918s are going fast! The gimmick is that only 918 918s will be made, and while production hasnt even begun yet, they're almost all sold.


Agriculture: The Space Race of the 21st Century - Whats Up?
Just like the space race from half a century ago, Ukraine is fast catching up to global competitors in farming, and may soon be overtaking the worlds various Flo Jos on the agricultural track. As of 14 July, 2011, Ukraine has already harvested 9.7 million tonnes of grains and leguminous plants out of approximately 30% of national farming areas, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reports, 6.4 million tonnes of which is grain alone.


Xenophobes, Homophobes and Zealots - Special Feature
Nationalism is a topic of continual debates in todays globalised world, and no less when it comes to Ukraine, a country with a troubled historical and ethno-cultural past.
The international team at Whats On is concerned by the social situation in Kyiv which, on one hand, is considered to be a hospitable and tolerant city, but on the other hand, people from ethnic minorities get set upon from time to time.


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Ukraine Truth
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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