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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.


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44 (2012)/2012
30 November - 6 December
Oh My O Torvald
The Poltava natives give us the scoop on their climb up the slippery pop-rock ladder

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From THE EDITOR (44) - Editorial
Ukraine has always been a special place for me. When I was small, it was a place of fairytale and magic: a place where the Hutsuls rode in the backwoods of the Karpaty, where Cossacks kept up the ancient rites of the Hopak and where fiery temperaments peppered the people of Bukovyna. At least, this was what we were told. And, I suppose, in the minds and memories of those with a viable connection to what was once (and will be again) a region of wealth and influence, its culture and ethos continues in much the same vein as it always has. 
What came as quite a shock was when I realised I too carried this connection. I am not Ukrainian and have no roots to this country.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
30 November 1867 
The Russian Empires first electric lighthouse starts operations in Odesa.

5 December 1917 
The National Art Academy of Ukraine opens in Kyiv. Its first director is Heorhiy Narbut, a well-known Ukrainian graphic artist and designer of the countrys first national state symbols. Among many famous graduates of the academy are Tetyana Yablonska, Mykola Storozhenko, Heorhiy Yakutovych.


Man Strips, Then Demands Deportation - Whats Up?
Thats about all the news we have on Dan Motrescu, a 29-year old Ukrainian currently living in London: he stripped, on top of life-sized horse-mounted statue of Prince George, the Duke of Cambridge, in central London a few days ago; he broke the sword that accompanied it; and then went on to bite it God only knows why.


Oksana Makars Murderers Sentenced - Whats Up?
It was a crime that shocked and outraged Ukraine and the world.
On Tuesday 27 November, the three men who brutally raped Mykolaiv teen Oksana Makar and caused her eventual death by attempting to burn her alive were convicted of her murder.
Novosti-N reported on its website the Central Regional Court of Mykolaiv sentenced the man tagged as the lead offender in the case, Yevhen Krasnoschok, to life imprisonment. Co-offender Maksym Prysiazhniuk was handed a 15-year prison sentence, while the third offender, Artem Pohosian, received 14 years jail time.


Ukraine Gets Head Start On Eurovision - Whats Up?
Eurovision is getting going a little earlier this year, with the final announced for 23 December.  The preliminary selection stages started back in October, with applications open to one and all. Apparently, theyre even accepting entries right up until the day before. However, as organisers are holding a closed-door audition process on the 10th, we suggest you get practising your Pidmanula Pidvelas now and get your entry in as soon as possible.


Running Out of Options as IMF Payment Time Nears - Whats Up?
According to a report in Bloomberg, this great country we all call home is in serious financial trouble. Ukraine will have to start repaying the IMF loan dished out during the depths of the financial crisis (most of which, many would claim, was stolen by those in power), with the first payment of $404 million due in January, and a further $2.4 billion due in May. In total, Ukraine will have to repay $5.7 billion to the IMF in 2013, and it appears its seriously going to struggle to do so.


Opposition Boycotts Verkhovna Rada - Whats Up?
Leaders of the opposition have made their displeasure wtih the Party of Regions known by boycotting a meeting with Prime Minister Mykola Azarov last Friday, at a time when the country faces the possibility of fiscal and currency crises.
Azarov and leaders of the parties elected to parliament were supposed to meet to discuss what steps needed to be taken, but leaders of the opposition parties did not turn up.


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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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