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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.


What's On Archive 21 (2012)

21 (2012)/2012
8 June - 14 June
Ukraine kicks off EURO 2012
Kyiv welcomes in the Swedes and other visitors for the countrys most anticipated event of the year!

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From THE EDITOR (21) - Editorial
Im not much of a betting (wo)man. In fact, I never bet, unless, that is, Im 100% positive Im going to triumph. In this way, Ive won beers, dinners, even coffee machines (which have yet to materialise), rendering anyone who knows me to back off once an outstretched hand, followed by, You wanna bet?, has been issued. Playing a bit of poker over the weekend, however, challenged this hard and fast rule I had established for myself, pushing me out of my comfort zone, making me dance, sing and chat ad nauseum in the hopes of psyching out my opponents. It was exhausting! It was also to end in disaster early on in the game, as there were a few newbies round the table feigning ignorance.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
14 June 1891
Yevhen Konovalets, leader of the nationalist movement, is born. Konovalets becomes military commander of the UNR and leader of the Organisation of Ukrainian Nationalists between 1929 and 1938. Moreover, he takes part in nationalist conferences and promotes Ukrainian nationalism abroad. 

10 June 1917
The First Ukrainian Universal (a national movement leading the country from autonomy to full sovereignty) is signed up. It is in response to the Russian Provisional Government and its negative attitude to an autonomous Ukraine.


Restaurateurs Await the EURO - Whats Up?
Kyiv restaurant-owners having been eagerly awaiting the EURO 2012 football championships. Why? So that they can do like Kyiv hotels and charge a fortune! Many claim that various cafes and eateries, especially in the centre, have already raised their prices anywhere from 30 50%, all the while pulling a Mr Burns oscillating finger steeple.


Chernovetsky Out of Work - Whats Up?
Kyivs most famous mayor, Leonid Chernovetsky, has officially resigned from his post, according to his website on 2 June, which contains a copy of his resignation letter signed by the man himself. While it was a sad day for our beloved Cosmos, lover of the (older) ladies, experts are saying that this is more than likely just some sort of PR stunt, meant to give him a little extra momentum come the parliamentary elections this fall. 
Whatever you want to call it, it does little to alter the situation here in the capital: Oleksandr Popov has been acting mayor of the city for more than a year already, and while put in power via the president, hes doing not an entirely horrible job.


Hooligans Apprehended - Whats Up?
Its been over a month since the explosions in Dnipropetrovsk, but it looks as though the guilty parties have finally been caught, according to a statement made by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Vitaliy Zaharchenko, late last week. We spoke to 554 witnesses and 153 experts, he was quoted as saying, in order to make four arrests. Detained and awaiting trial, none of the foursome have ever had any sort of previous criminal record.


Fortune-telling Pig Makes Maidan his Home - Whats Up?
For all those disbelieving fans out there, the famous foreboding Kyiv Oblast pig and his predictions will be making the football zone on Maidan his home for the next few weeks, prophesising the results for each and every match at precisely 16.00. His method is very scientific: given two plates of food, with the flags of the two teams playing that day painted one on each plate, Porky will be extrapolating the results with his snout.


Olympic Official Resigns OverTicket Scandal - Whats Up?
This wont surprise you at all, but the second in command at the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee has had to resign for trying to sell tickets to the games in London on the black market. Volodymyr Gerashchenko, General Secretary of the Committee, was caught out in a sting operation carried out by a BBC reporter posing as a potential buyer. Gerashchenko offered to sell the man 100 tickets from the official Ukrainian allocation of 2,900.


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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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