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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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From THE EDITOR (30) - Editorial
Ukraines 21st Independence Day will be celebrated this 24 August, and what with all of the celebrations taking place over the weekend, there isnt much the country will be worried about in the next few days. In fact, as with all holidays in this land, expect parties galore, concerts on every main street of every city, town and selo, and a mess come Monday morning. Its a mess worth making, however, as its not every day a country turns the age at which most people around the world are legally permitted to do things like drink themselves silly and rent a car; two things that  work better if done separately, of course. Its a time of independence and freedom, unconventionality and nonconformity.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
29 August 1561 
Peresopnytske Evangel, the first Ukrainian translations of canonical Christian text and its artwork, is completed in a monastery in the village of Peresopnytsya in the Rivne region. Today, Peresopnytske Evangel is a major symbol for the Ukrainian nation, upon which every Ukrainian president is sworn in.

27 August 1856
Ivan Franko, one of the greatest Ukrainian writers of all time, is born in the Lviv region. In addition to his literary work, Franko is also an eminent translator and public activist.


Ukraine Tries to Screw Up Cigarette Packaging Law - Whats Up?
This is a strange one, but according to a report in the Brisbane Times (yes, we scour the world to bring you the most interesting Ukraine-related stories), Ukraine has lodged a formal complaint with the WTO against Australias recently-passed law on cigarette packaging.
Were sure youve all seen the stories on BBC World and CNN last week, reporting Australias new law banning all branding on cigarette packaging, and that from when the law comes into force, cigarettes will have to be sold in plain packaging.


Museum of History Opens, Finally! - Whats Up?
The ancient city of Kyiv has been left without a museum of history for almost eight years now. But on 23 August, the eve of Ukraines Independence Day celebrations, the new building housing valuable archaeological items dating back to Kyiv Rus, a bas-relief of archangel Mykhail an important symbol of the city, works by local artists Mykola Prakhov, Oleksandr Murashko and Vilhelm Kotarbinsky, as well as personal belongings of famous Ukrainian actress, Maria Zankovetska, will have opened its doors.


Donetsk Richest City in Ukraine - Whats Up?
Ukrainian magazine, Focus, presented its rating of Ukraines richest city recently, and while Kyiv has always been ahead of the pack, Donetsk, the city of steel, has now taken the lead. 
The rating takes into account many financial indexes like unemployment rate, development of infrastructure, level of business, etc, and compared to the capital, Donetsk has more hotels, shops and banks per citizen, as well as a lower level of unemployment.


Exxon and Shell Consortium Wins $10 Billion Gas Project - Whats Up?
According to a report by Reuters, Exxon and Shell along with Romanias OMV and the Ukrainian state-owned Nadra Ukrainy have won a contract to develop the Skifska gas field in the Black Sea.
The project, estimated to cost $10-12 billion, is part of Ukraines plans to wean itself off expensive imports from Russia, which have been a bone of contention between the two countries since Yanukovych came to power.


Spongebob Squarepants Promotes Homosexuality! - Whats Up?
So what? You might ask yourself, but Ukraines morality police (otherwise know as the National Expert Commission for Protecting Public Morality) are threatening to ban the cartoon along with Teletubbies, The Simpsons, Family Guy and Pokeman because they are a serious threat to the morality of the nation, especially its children.
In a recent report issued by the commission, poor old Spongebob came under fire because he is occasionally seen holding hands with his chum Patrick, and, apparently, this could well turn children gay.


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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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