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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope

28 February - 6 March 2014

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 22 (2012)

22 (2012)/2012
15 June - 21 June
Got nowhere to be this Saturday? Come Play with Us!
Kyivs nightlife steps it up a notch with Whats On and a Wet & Wild party on the beach

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A Peach on the Beach - This Week
The Famous Whats On Wet & Wild Party (CIS, beach party), Olmeca Plage (Hydropark, Dolobetskiy Island), 16 June at 21.00
Whats On unleashes an absolute whopper this time, with a beach party so big Hydropark may well be rocked from its foundations by the evenings end. Along with fun games, fab prizes and great whisky deals from The Famous Grouse, there will be performances from Lissa Wassabi, Gorchitza, Antytila, The Maneken and Kishe. Its an evening you want to be a part of. Make sure you get your tickets fast!


From THE EDITOR (22) - Editorial
Its started. And, as our resident know-it-all pronounces on page 27, how can anyone be thinking of anything else other than football? It is all-encompassing, it is all-embracing and it is everywhere, not unlike our boy Shevchenko on game night earlier this week. To be honest, I was one of the disbelievers. The city wasnt ready, the international community was in an uproar over the racism, the dogs, the Tymoshenko case, and the countrys residents were lukewarm at best about the whole event, with a large majority opting to leave the city for greener pastures for the entire month of June. Spending a little time down in the Fan Zone over the weekend, however, has flip-flopped my opinion about the whole thing.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
21 June 1897
Yuriy Kondratyuk, Ukrainian scientist and inventor, is born. He is responsible for many inventions in the rocket space industry. But his most well-known achievement is calculating the space route to the Moon, which is later used by American astronauts when Apollo 9 first reached the Moon.

16 June 1925 
The Artek Young Pioneer Camp opens in Crimea. Operating on an incredible 208 hectares of land, this international pioneer camp becomes the biggest in USSR.


Miss Ukraine1995 Vlada Prokayeva Takes On Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra - Whats Up?
Former model and the most beautiful woman in the world, according to Playboy, Vlada Lytovchenko-Prokayeva has officially been appointed advisor to Viktoriya Lisnycha, the general director of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra, which, for those of you who dont know, is the countrys most recognised Orthodox Christian monastery. Approved by the Minister of Culture, Mykhailo Kulynyak, just last week, the Lavras clergy dont seem to have a problem with the new role the countrys buxom charity activist has taken on either.


Litter Bins Back On Khreshchatyk - Whats Up?
After the garbage bin bomb blasts in Dnipropetrovsk in April, and then the removal of all the bins here in Kyiv, were happy to say that theyre back, the bins that is, and making an appearance in even greater numbers here in the capital than ever before.


Go Hard or Go Home - Whats Up?
This is Rob, an England fan photographed in Donetsk. This guy is clearly supportive of his country, but will the permanent tattooed England and UNI0N flags still be flying so high once  EURO 2012 is over?

Yulia Who? - Whats Up?
With all the fervour focused around the football, politics and government have taken a backseat. It doesnt mean things arent happening, it only means were not hearing about it with the repetition of a broken record. 
Tymoshenko is still in jail. Thats nothing new. There are, however, a couple of high-profile EU representatives in town, who arrived earlier this week and are eager to speak with President Yanukovych and the Iron Lady herself.


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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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