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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.


What's On Archive 4 (2012)

4 (2012)/2012
10 February - 16 February
The Whats On Face of Kyiv is headed to Paris for Valentines Day
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From THE EDITOR (4) - Editorial
One of the things that has always astounded me about the people in this part of the world is their devotion to holidays. Whether its Students Day, Day of the Lawyer (of which no one in the western world would ever celebrate), Day of the Marshrutka Driver or Day of the Egg, there is always a reason to make merry. Yes there is food, and vodka is most certainly present, but its also a time to sit back, reflect and give thanks for these and other blessings.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
10 February 1810
The Odesa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet opens. Sixty years later it burns to the ground and must be completely rebuilt. The new, more modern building is constructed by Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer in neo-baroque style and is believed to be one of the many calling card of Odesa.


Bad News - Whats Up?
According to Mykola Kulbida at Ukraines HidroMeteoCentre, were going to have to put up with winter a little longer. The northern, western and southern regions will be especially hard hit over the weekend (11 13 February) with temperatures dipping down as low as 30 degrees. There is light at the end of the tunnel called the sun (something weve forgotten about as of late), however, and by mid week (15, 16 February) things will start to warm up.


Secret Agent at the Top - Whats Up?
Long live the new Head of Ukraines Security Service! This is what everyone has been shouting over at the SBU as of late. So whats all the fuss about? Under the orders of Viktor Yanukovych, it seems the organisations top and most prestigious position has been filled by a certain Ihor Kalinin. And the reason being cited? There exists a special trust between the two. 
Party of Regions Deputy Yuriy Samoilenko has commented on the situation saying, He used to be head of the State Guard Department.


More of the White Stuff - Whats Up?
Tropical fruit, such as pineapples, dont tend to last when besieged by snow. At least, thats what five people who were arrested over the weekend were hoping the authorities would think having shipped cocaine-stuffed pineapples into Ukraine. 
Coming from Costa Rica, more than 38 kilos, thats 84 pounds of ice was confiscated by the State Security Service at Illichivsk port, a coastal town just 12km from Odesa.


A Traitor in the Ranks? - Whats Up?
Vladimir Putin understands well how the Internet has become the worlds new weapon of mass affection. If youll all remember, the protests on Bolotna Ploscha were  good indicators of that. What no one expected, however, was the hard-hitting reaction from Mr Putin, which has come in the form of online agents/Russian bloggers. 
Working on his behalf, these virtual commentators are being bribed for posting various pieces of information.


Cold Snap Ignites Gas Wars - Whats Up?
As you may have noticed, it got a little cold last week, and temperatures in much of Central and Eastern Europe were well below that which were used to. This, as you might expect, caused an excess demand for gas, which was not forthcoming from Russia, and, as you might also expect, sparked (something that shouldnt happen around gas) another war of words between Ukraine and Russia.


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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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