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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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Russian vs Ukrainian 
Will these two languages ever kiss and make up?  

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From THE EDITOR (28) - Editorial
I was at an event last week, which included a rather talented young musician. It just so happened he had his guitar with him, which was promptly brought out at the behest of the host. Playing all manner of musical goodies, such as Rocket Man, Saturday Nights Alright, I Guess Thats Why They Call It the Blues, he was your regular purple-top-hat-wearing, rhinestone-glasses-sporting Elton John (without the top hat and the glasses). One of the evenings classics not part of  Mr Johns repertoire (though probably could be) was Empire State of Mind by Alecia Keys. For those stuck in the 70s and 80s the era of top hats and sparkly glasses, which is probably where they should have stayed Empire State of Mind is a song about New York: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, theres nothing you cant do, now youre in New York


This Week in History - Whats Up?
29 July 1776  
Petro Kalnyshevsky, the last Ukrainian hetman, is sent to Solovky Islands, as a result of Ekaterina IIs plan to liquidate the Zaporizhska Sich. He spends 25 years there, and ends up living as a monk. Ukraine canonises him in 2008.


Ukraine Successfully Places Eurobonds - Whats Up?
China may be the place Ukraine is hoping to get most of its money in the near future, but if a report in the local press is to be believed, its certainly not the only place. According to a report in Forum.ua (which refers to an interview with the NBUs director of monetary policy, Elena Shcherbakova) the country has just managed to place Eurobonds worth $2 billion.


An Upside- Down House! - Whats Up?
Walking on walls and taking a nap on the ceiling is something everyone can do nowadays, youll just have to head down to Yalta to do so. An upside-down house has been constructed, where its roof sits in the ground and its foundation just sort of hovers in the sky. All you need to do is open the door and walk in youll find youre on the ceiling with all manner of furniture and household items hanging from the floor. 
Its an attraction thats only going to cost 30hrv, and those who have already rung the doorbell say is well worth your time and money.


Celebrating U - Whats Up?
Theres no such thing as bad press. Its a concept that worked as much for Stravinsky and his ballet the Rite of Spring (replete with evocative compositions and a blood sacrifice) as it has for Kyiv. Actually, weve had a string of fabulous stories come out the media both during and since the EURO, despite the dreadful reports leading up to the event.
Because of this, foreign tourists have been flocking to the Ukrainian capital in droves.


Ferries in Hot Water - Whats Up?
The ferries in England are sailing in hot water these days, if reports from the BBC are to be believed according to the Portsmouth Ferry Port, Condor Ferries have been underpaying their foreign employees. 
Using legal loopholes to pay their Ukrainian crew just £2.35 an hour, managing director Ken Soar of Condor admitted some of the companys crew were being paid below the minimum wage, which is £6.08 for workers 21 and over.


Ukraine Turns to China for Cash Handouts - Whats Up?
Despite the fact that Ukraine may have managed to place a $2 billion Eurobond at a very reasonable rate (see opposite), the government, having largely fallen out with both Russia and the West, is looking more and more to China as a country with which to form trade ties, and from which to borrow money.
According to a report in the FT, theres been a flurry of bilateral deals between the two nations in recent weeks, some of which have already been signed, and some of which are still in the pipeline.


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Ukraine Truth
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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