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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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.


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4 November - 10 November
Dont Miss The Famous Whats On Dirty 12
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For those of you who dont already know, Whats On is having a birthday next week and youre all invited! Our little publication turns, er, turned 12 a few months back, but weve been so busy we havent had time to celebrate (sad, but true). Well, were making the time 11 November 2011 so consider this your invitation! There are lots of great things about turning 12. Generally speaking, girls get their boobs, boys stop sounding like Mickey Mouse, and the whole circle of life gets a good old kick start.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
10 November 1764  
Russian empress Ekaterina II annuls the Hetmanstvo a self-government state institution of Ukraine putting an end to any hopes of Ukraine attaining autonomy.

5 November 1935 
The first trolleybus route in Kyiv is opened. It ran along Velyka Vasylkivska from what is now Lybidska subway station to Lva Tolstoho square and still operates today.


Caffeine Junkies Not Happy - Whats Up?
The world famous coffee chain, Starbucks, has plans to open in Kyiv. While youd think that in itself would be the big news, it turns out a huge scandal over the language chosen on their Facebook page is what coffee-drinkers are buzzing most about, grinding all positive comment to a halt. Their official page read, Dear friends of Starbucks Ukraine! This page will be in the Russian language simply because the majority of our applicants are Russian-speaking.


Ukraine Leads the Way in Spitz - Whats Up?
Breaking news: Ukraine harvested 8.4 million tonnes of sunflower seeds this year! Russia was at one time considered the world leader where spitz were concerned. Having fallen back to second place with a measly 5.6 million harvested this year, however, Ukraine has the market on these messy albeit tasty little seeds.


A Divested Demonstration - Whats Up?
The last stadium for the Euro 2012 football championships, located in Lviv, opened over the weekend on 29 October. While the opening ceremonies were not as grand as those for the opening of the Olympic Stadium here in the capital, Ukrainian singer Ruslana along with American superstar Anastasia did their best to hide the yet unfinished roof, the mess of cables everywhere and the crane that hovered above. The one thing  both openings did share was the unabashed performance of FEMEN.


Ukrainian Broadcast Makes Records - Whats Up?
The United States may hold the record for the worlds tallest man and Angola has got the record for the worlds widest mouth but Ukraine is the proud new owner of the title 'worlds longest live television talk-show broadcast'! Between 23 25 August, Ukrainian TV channel 5Channel and talk show hosts Tetyana Danylemko and Pavlo Kuzheyev went live for an impressive 52 hours.


Heavyweight Hits High - Whats Up?
Ukraine is famous for many things: its vodka, its beautiful women and its boxers (not the underpants, the people). One of the most well-known, Vitaliy Klitchko, was recently seen giving an interview on the Ukrainian channel TVi saying he would soon be retiring from the hard-hitting sport to return to a position in politics. The 40-year old ran for the position of mayor in 2006, coming in second behind Leonid Chernovetsky. If we look at 2008, the same again. Heading up the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms party, or the rather punchy UDAR (which just happens to be punch in Russian), it has seen increased activity in the ratings as of late. Another sign that leads one to believe Klitchko may be hanging up his gloves for a spot in the political ring was a visit to the US just last month.


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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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