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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 (47) - Editorial
The end of last week had us over at one of the hotels here in the city taking part in a Christmas angel project for orphans. Stuck in traffic, the kids were a little late, but more than happy to catch up on all the cupcakes that awaited them upon arrival. Passing out gifts one at a time, the little ones were given theirs first, and having made it through the mountain of wrapping paper and pretty bows, soon the constant hum of remote control buggies and dump trucks was all that could be heard.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
25 December 336 
The first documented Christmas celebration takes place in Rome. From this year on, Catholic churches everywhere celebrate the birth of Jesus on this day.

23 December 1913 
The Illya Muromets, the worlds first four-engined aircraft designed by Ihor Sikorsky, takes its first flight. The world-famous aircraft engineer of Ukrainian descent immigrated to the United States in 1919 where he continued to create the first viable helicopter.


Ukraine to Host Euro Basketball Championships - Whats Up?
2012 is what everyones been looking forward to for the past five years, but now weve got something else to look forward to as it was announced at the weekend that Ukraine will play host to the FIBA basketball finals in 2015.
FIBA Europe, the European version of the International Basketball Federation, made the announcement after France, Germany, Croatia and Italy withdrew their rspective bids, citing, doubts regarding the professionalism and the lack of trust in the bidding process conducted by the European Basketball Federation, FIBA Europe.


An Act of Goodwill or Target for Holy Rollers? - Whats Up?
A tremendous act of kindness by Richmond residents in the State of Virginia has made headline news recently, following the collection of 1,600 shoeboxes filled with presents. Thanks to the generosity of local residents the boxes will soon be on their way to a number of impoverished children here in Ukraine and all throughout Romania. What hasnt been included in the story about Operation Christmas Child, however, is that this programme is part of an American Evangelical Organisation called Samaritans Purse, and headed by Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelical preacher Billy Graham, it seems to have a few people up in arms. 
While the gifts for those less-fortunate do seem to be a true act of good will, there are those who claim the organisation use the gifts to convert vulnerable children into born-again Catholics.


Second-hand Jeans Talk! - Whats Up?
A woman from the town of Lyuboml in the region of Volyn was at flea market over the weekend in search of a pair or second-hand jeans for her teenage son. Finding just the right size and style, she went through the pockets before sticking them in the wash when she found a letter with a ?100 note inside! While the money was a pleasant surprise, and just in time for a holiday that often gets lost in consumerism, the note was even more bizarre. 
Written by a boy named Walter a student in Germany to the future owner of the jeans somewhere in the country, it read, Hello, unknown friend in Ukraine! I condemn the war just as you do. It took away my grandfather, Johan, who served in Wehrmacht and died on your land.


Proud to be Ukrainian - Whats Up?
The latest survey conducted by the Ukrainian Institute of Social Research shows 62% of the countrys youth are proud to be Ukrainian. Despite the shenanigans that occur in government on an almost daily basis, this is a 7% increase since 1996 and shows real promise!


The EU and Ukraine Reach No Summit Climbing the Association Mountain - Whats Up?
Ukraine hosted the 15th annual summit with European leaders on Monday in, what we can only guess, the hopes to continue talks about deeper cooperation. There were many things on the table: the current political situation, issues over the economy, mobility concerns and of course regional and international relations. But the prize Kyiv has had its eyes on, and for some time, has been this Association Agreement, meant to bring the country that much closer to membership with a club that seems to be having its own problems as of late.


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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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