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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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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18 May - 24 May
Can You Spot Arsenale 2012?
With over one hundred international artists, the first ever art biennale opens this week in Kyiv

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This Week in History - Whats Up?
22 May 1879
Symon Petliura, Ukrainian politician, statesman and journalist, is born. Best known for leading the Ukrainian protests during the Russian revolution in 1917, he is also known for promoting Ukrainian culture and is the founder of the Peoples Artist of Ukraine award. 

18 May 1944
Crimean Tatars are deported to Uzbek SSR and other parts of the Soviet UNI0N. The Soviet government blames the Crimean Tatars for their mass collaboration with the Nazis during the Nazi occupation of Crimea in 1941 1944, forcing them to leave their motherland.


Opposition Unites - Whats Up?
The United Ukrainian opposition gathered this weekend at Mykhailivska Ploshcha to work out a plan of action for the near future. As each of its steps defines some sort of populist ideology, the draft plan is pretty phantasmal, and includes getting out the crisis, providing a fair division of national wealth, getting Ukraine back on the European development course, and more.


Ukraine Signs Agreement with Germany for Gas - Whats Up?
Ukraine announced on Monday that the state-owned oil and gas company, Naftogaz, has signed a framework agreement with Germanys RWE, which lays out the legal grounds for the supply of gas to Ukraine from RWE. The plan is for Naftogaz to cooperate with RWE for the supply of gas purchased in Europe via Slovakian pipelines.


Ukraine Postpones Yalta Summit - Whats Up?
Not that our illustrious president was left with much choice after fourteen EU countries pulled out due to the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko. While were not one hundred percent sure this was a good move on the part of the EU (perhaps a face-to-face dress down might have been more effective), it certainly seems to have rattled some cages here.


A Facebook Revolution? - Whats Up?
As we all know, Yanukovych had his first chance to become president back in 2004, but was ousted by what is now known as the Orange Revolution. Sadly, he still made it to the presidency, but since then a whole new form of organising protests has revealed itself social networking. As witnessed last year in the Arab Spring (which covered various countries) and more recently in Russia, people can now organise themselves in huge numbers online and take to the streets en mass.


Stalin Pis - Whats Up?
Those crazy Ukrainian nationalists Bratstvo are at it again, putting up statues of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in Lviv and here in Kyiv. Thats right, you heard it, statues of Stalin! Of course, these guys being as wacky and irreverent as they are, its a urinating Stalin. You probably rejoin this article after having stopped for several minutes, in shock at their bold audacity. Theyve really gone there theyve put up a couple of (rather well made) golden monuments of a long-dead dictator who pretty much everyone acknowledges as a bad guy.


The Days of Ukraines Lives - Whats Up?
Ukrainian authoritative bodies never fail to surprise us. First, in reply to allegations of repressions in Ukraine made by Angela Merkel, they blame Germany for the occupation of Ukraine during the Second World War. Now, Genprokuratura is telling the European parliament that no one but Tymoshenko beat Tymoshenko. Its little more than a defence attack, but demonstrates, yet again, that perhaps our higher ups should be writing for daytime television rather than running the country.


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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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