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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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World DJs infiltrate Kyiv next week during one of the most talked about electronic parties of the year 

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From THE EDITOR (15) - Editorial
Im a fairly even-keeled kind of girl. I do the dishes, I take out the trash, sometimes I even iron a shirt or two. I take little for granted and appreciate all of the people in my life. Some of those people are friends, some are family, some are friends I wish were family, some are family I wish were somebody elses family, and some are neither friends nor family, but a significant part of life nonetheless. I have come to recognise that each and every one of these people is in my life for some reason or other, offering gifts, in the form of life lessons. The most recent of those gifts I received on Facebook the other day. It was a poster with a rather stern-faced Uncle Sam in red, white and blue you all know the one.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
27 April 1847
Communist authorities launch Operation Vistula, removing ethnic Ukrainians from the Galicia and Volhynia regions. Nearly 500,000 Ukrainians are made to resettle using military force, and hundreds are killed mercilessly.  

2 May 1848
The Supreme Ruthenian Court is founded in Galicia to defend Ukrainians during the 1848 revolution in Austria. The Court demands that the areas of Galicia, Zakarpattia and Bukovyna be united, and then divided in half: the east will go to Ukraine, the west to Poland. An order is also made in this same manifesto that Ukrainian be used in governmental organisations as well as in schools.


Covered, Finally - Whats Up?
Our politicians often wait for some big date to get off their butts and do something positive for the nation, as it seems far more significant when cutting the big red bow. And this month is no different. 
The Prime Minister of Ukraine has said, finally, that a sarcophagus is necessary to cover reactor number six in Chornobyl: At last, over the next year and a half, we will resolve this problem.


No Opposition for Klitchko - Whats Up?
Despite personal issues that keep her on her back behind bars (sounds like the plot to some highly questionable black market movie), Yulia Tymoshenko seems to care about the future of her country, and has advised the WBC heavyweight champion to run for Kyiv mayor. I would not recommend that Vitaliy Klitchko turn down the opportunity to participate in the upcoming elections.


Country Pitches In For One Big Pie - Whats Up?
Weighing in at 350kg, Ukraine set a record over the weekend for the biggest-ever pizza made in Ukraine and the CIS. Equal in size to a one-room apartment here in Kyiv, with what would be a far better price tag attached, the pie measured 7.10 metres in diameter, equal to 38 m2. 
Mammamia Pizza, the venue responsible for the immenso feat, said it took seven of its pizzerias four hours to prepare the 4,950-piece pie.


A New Leaf for Tihipko? - Whats Up?
Vice Prime Minister of social policy, Serhiy Tihipko, wants to make sure everyone in Ukraine, especially the underprivileged children, sleep safe and sound at night. To ensure this happens, hes allocated space in the countrys budget to accommodate 12,000 social workers; thats 7,400 more than weve got right now.


Another Lenin? - Whats Up?
Need any further proof that Ukraine is fleeing from the arms of Europe with the speed of a bride whos just discovered her groom did the stripper on his stag night? And into the arms of Russia, as that very same bride runs back to the ex who used to rough her up a bit, but is now there for her. Yes, Ukraine is knocking up a new monument to Lenin. Thats right, he of near-90-years-not-of-this-earth, big Vlad is coming back in, well, obviously, the east.


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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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