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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.


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43 (2012)/2012
23 November - 29 November
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From THE EDITOR (43) - Editorial
I have never considered Ukraine a good country in which to get sick. The State hospitals are dark, dreary and loaded with an elderly population who would far rather be sick in the company of other sick people than be sick at home alone. It makes sense. But it certainly isnt conducive to the younger generations get in, get checked, and get out mentality. 
In my other life as a poor dancer employed by the State, these were the only institutions I could afford, if and when in need. I remember my first visit vividly a rundown old building, with receptionists who processed hundreds of poorly patients hourly (a fact which Im fairly positive contributed to their surly disposition).


This Week in History - Whats Up?
25 November 1905
The first publication of Khliborob, Ukraines first newspaper under Russian rule, appears on newsstands in the town of Lubny. Aimed at farmers and peasants, it is published without official permission and closed down after its fifth issue. 

25 November 1934
This date marks the death of Mykhaylo Hrushevsky, a man many consider to be Ukraines first president.


A Model On Wheels With ACause - Whats Up?
Yulia Kozlyuk recently appeared buck-naked on the cover of one of the countrys newer glossies Kuzmin. A naked woman on the cover of a magazine would have been just a regular occurance here in Ukraine had it not been for the fact that Yulia has been in a wheelchair for the last five years. A tragic car accident took away the use of her legs, and despite months of physiotherapy, sadly, Yulia still cannot walk, but she is as much the stunning beauty she ever was.


This Just In - Whats Up?
As reported last week, there was an offer on the table for Andriy Shevchenko to take over Ukraines National Football Team. As the countrys record goalscorer (48 goals in 111 appearances) he seemed the natural choice (even with his recent flop in politics).


Blast Off! - Whats Up?
Ukraine celebrates a pretty big milestone this week, with the 15th anniversary of the countrys first astronaut, Leonid Kadeniuk, in space. Kadeniuk was part of an international crew aboard the US Space Shuttle Columbia. Allowing themselves more than a year and a half for preparations, the spacecraft blasted off into space on 19 November 1997, and was gone a full 15 days, 16 hours and 35 minutes before touching back down on earth. Its surely two weeks both Kadeniuk and Ukraine will never forget!

Kyivs New Mega-Mall - Whats Up?
It is a shopping experience with an aquatic twist. The long awaited opening of Ocean Plaza, a huge new retail and entertainment complex takes place this week. Covering 165,000 square metres, the mall houses 300 shops, 30 cafés, three department stores and a supermarket, including 20 new retailers entering the Ukrainian market.


A 2-metre Ukrainian Braid - Whats Up?
Ukraines Anna Yanko boasts the countrys longest hair at the moment, which currently measures 2 metres and 21 centimetres long! The last time Anna cut her hair was at the age of 7, back in 1984. Since then, she has been taking good care of her mane, washing it once every four or five days and letting it dry naturally. 
Should she keep it up, she may well beat Xie Qiuping, the Guinness World Record holder for longest hair 5.63 metres! For now, she says, getting famous hairstylist Vyacheslav Dyudenko to work with it is reward enough. Apparently, he needed to stand on a ladder while braiding!

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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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