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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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25 May - 31 May
He was a wise man who invented Beer!
This country produces a number of tasty hops which is your favourite?

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From THE EDITOR (19) - Editorial
The longer I stay here, the fewer reasons I find to leave. It was something I found rolling off my tongue while in conversation just a few days ago, surprising even myself. One of the reasons, I think, is that there is always something interesting happening. Take the most recent scandal fashioned by our dear Education Minister, Dmytro Tabachnyk. Last week, Mr Tabachnyk was heard saying that the countrys better graduate and post-graduate students are girls who have a less bright, less attractive and less model-like appearance. Now, where I come from, the girls are not known for their beauty, per se. However, if someone in Ottawas upper echelons were to be publicly critical about how female students were crap at snowshoeing or driving a tractor there would be an uproar.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
31 May 1223
The Battle of the Kalka River takes place between the Mongols and the Kyiv-Cuman Army. Finishing with a Kyiv-Cuman defeat, Mstislav the Bold, who leads the united Rus armies, surrenders in return for the promise of safe treatment for he and his men. In the end, they are slaughtered by the Mongols and Mstislav is executed.


Downtown Gunplay - Whats Up?
Theres no need to go to the cinema anymore for a little Hollywood action, because here in Kyiv, weve taken the silver screen to the streets. Heres the script: its your average, mundane 18 May. Cars stand bumper to bumper at the intersection of Pavlivska and Dmytrivska. Two strangers pop out of nowhere and point their guns into a black Lada. Moments later, the two men inside are injured and a great big bag of money is gone.


We Are Different - Whats Up?
Ukraine and Russia have always been considered siblings, and while Russia may think of itself as our older brother, the EU doesnt see it that way. 
During a recent visit to Vinnytsia for the countrys annual Day of Europe celebration, Ambassador of the European UNI0N in Ukraine, Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, acknowledged that the EUs attitude toward both countries differs considerably; citing European integration as its justification.


MetroBot - Whats Up?
With less than three weeks to go until EURO, the Kyiv Metro has been rolling out its new English-speaking announcements across the lines. So, after the Ukrainian station information, you hear the same information in English. Laudable, surely, but the execution is questionable.


Shocking - Whats Up?
Literally. This is what Ukrainian police have resorted to in order to keep football fans in order. On 2 May, Dnipro fans arrived in Donetsk to watch the two teams fight it out on the pitch. What they didnt realise was that they too would be fighting it out, only their brawl involved the cops, the Berkut and a Taser gun.  
According to a press conference held after the incident, two gentleman who witnessed the kerfuffle explained that they were on their way to the game, when all of a sudden they were surrounded by security, police cars and special services one after another.


Kyivs Big Day - Whats Up?
Kyivites love their holidays, and Kyiv Day is no exception. With over 50 events scheduled, this is going to be one of the biggest celebrations ever! 
Spilling the festivities over two whole days, the official holiday is 26 27 May, and starts off on Saturday with a Parade of Cyclists downtown. Afterwards, move on down to Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska for the opening of the citys first outdoor art-gallery.


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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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