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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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Nina Ananiashvili The Complete Ballerina
Celebrating 30 years on stage, here in Kyiv

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From THE EDITOR (10) - Editorial
Do you ever get the feeling that you are being followed in this city? I do all the time. I cant tell if its because I write for a fairly well-known magazine that has very particular thoughts on the government here, or if its just someone who likes my socks and wants to know where they can get a pair of their own. I have to say, Id certainly prefer the latter. Not only would it soothe my paranoia, it would make my day. There is nothing better than when a complete stranger tails you down Yaroslaviv Val, across Golden Gate Park, past the Opera Theatre, down Khmelnytskoho around the corner to Khreshchatyk trying to muster up the courage to stop and compliment your undergarments. It lets you know theyre paying attention.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
28 March 1917
The first session of the Ukrainian Central Rada comes to order under Mykhailo Hrushevskiy. After being elected, Hrushevskiy gradually guided the Rada from Ukrainian national autonomy within a democratic Russia through to completely independent statehood. 

23 March 1918
Ukrainian becomes the official language of all paperwork in the country. A day later it becomes the official language of the State.


Bilinguals Win Out - Whats Up?
The nationalists have been baking cakes and doing cartwheels at the growth of patriotism in the country as of late. But, they may have started the celebration process a little early. Our dear President has recently stated that in addition to Ukrainian, the national language of the country of Ukraine, Russian will soon find its place beside it as the second national language.


Party of Regions Welcomes New Season - Whats Up?
Spring is a time of year that always brings about transformation, and, if you pay attention to the advice of life coaches, is a great time for personal growth and change as well. Were thinking there must have been a workshop over the weekend on how to make the best of those changes, because there are an awful lot of them taking place!


The Government Cites Greece to Delay IMF - Whats Up?
We all knew the Greek bailout would prompt other countries to look to reduce their debt in such a way, and if wed thought about it, wed also probably have known that the Ukrainian government would be the first to jump on board this particular train. And sure enough, they were, as last week First Deputy Minister of the Economy Vadym Kopylov cited the deal with Greece when saying Ukraine will seek a 10-year delay in repaying the money it borrowed from the IMF under the $16.4 billion rescue plan of 2008.


The Ukrainian Internet Garden - Whats Up?
The Whats On offices are always buzzing, literally.  Computers, telephones, printers, faxes there is never a moment when there is not some kind of information transfer going on. On any given day, the Internet is racing at the speed of a garden snail being chased by a lame racoon. As hes about to be eaten, its a fairly reasonable pace for the snail, but not as fast as the racoon, whos not only lame but hungry too. Its not the greatest of speeds, to be honest. Which is why it came as a major surprise to learn that Net Index had ranked Ukraine number one in the world for overall broadband Internet service.


Almost All Weapons-Grade Uranium Removed from Ukraine - Whats Up?
Thats a headline that caught our eye, and we immediately realised we could have some fun with it! The background: in April 2010 Ukraine signed an agreement with the US to get rid of a stockpile of 90 kilos of highly enriched uranium by 2012. And President Yanukovych says its nearly all gone. But how, exactly, do you dispose of highly enriched uranium, we wonder. Dig a big hole and bury it? Sell it on the black market?


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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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