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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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From THE EDITOR (42) - Editorial
The partys over, the pictures are posted and everyone has gone back to living everyday life. With so much free time on ones hands it allows for some investigative journalism and perhaps a little reflection. Hmmm, lets see Well, to start with, the rumours are true: the cost of white cabbage in Ukraine has fallen to an all-time low. Nows the time to get out there and stock up folks, you never know what the winter has in store. What else?


This Week in History - Whats Up?
23 November 1708 
The Russian Orthodox Church denounces Ukrainian Hetman Ivan Mazepa for his political ideologies. The denunciation came after Mazepa signed an agreement with the Swedish King in search of independence from the Russian Empire. Russia considered the agreement a betrayal and condemns the whole ordeal to this day.


Influenza to Hit Ukraine Hard - Whats Up?
Eliciting a stampede to pharmacies all over the country, Health Minister Oleksandr Anischenko has warned the first wave of influenza will hit the country in the next couple of weeks. In fact, the Ministry of Health is expecting three strains of the flu this year, which means boxes of Teraflu will no doubt be the most popular item on Christmas lists this year.


The Cat Came Back - Whats Up?
Despite the game of cat and mouse Ukraine and Russia were playing last week, it looks as though the cheese has been cut, dangled and gobbled up. Its a smelly kind of cheese in the form of natural gas. But as it gives Ukraine a bit of an edge in terms of quantity and price, well take it. 
Ukraine has averaged $414 per 1000m3 in recent months, which, as we reported last week is compared to $320 $360 for other European countries.


Win or Lose, Watch the Draw - Whats Up?
Ukraine is feeling the fervour of Euro 2012, especially since the draw to see who will be playing whom and where is coming up fast! While the entire city wont fit into Palace Ukraine this 2 December, the ceremony will be broadcast on large screens on Maidan Nezalezhnosti here in Kyiv as a well as the central square in Warsaw. As well as run-down on the who, where and when for the championships this summer, the stage will be set up where live performances from Jamala, the Virsky dance ensemble and a world famous special guest star will round out the evening.


The EPP Invites Ukraine - Whats Up?
Yulia Tymoshenko has been sent an invitation to the European Peoples Party Congress in Marseille this December to attend the 20th meeting of the EPP Prime Ministers and Heads of State. EPP President Wilfried Martens will be heading the event and even included a personal note in the invite that read: I am admiring your strength and look forward to seeing you at the Congress. 
As the largest and most influential European-level political party, this could have been a positive step toward EU integration. Stuck in a jail cell that includes little more than a few beds, a small refrigerator and TV set, however, it doesnt look like Tymoshenko will be going anywhere anytime soon.


Lonely Planet Says Ukraine is Worth Visiting! - Whats Up?
According to The Lonely Planet guidebook, Ukraine is on the Top-10 list of places worth visiting for 2012! Classifying the country as an unknown landmass which is little more than a question mark to many, the flora and fauna found along the Crimean peninsula along with fabulously fun Odesa and culturally cool Kyiv are just some of the highlights.


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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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