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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 6 (2013)

6 (2013)/2013
22 February - 28 February
An Army of Beautiful Girls
ARMIA take time out for What's On and just in time for Mens Day 

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From THE EDITOR (6) - Editorial
Its Mens Day this week yay men! Its a tough job but you do a great job of it: many of you can belch, spit, swear and ogle with the best of them, and for that, well, we dont love you. We love you for other reasons. However, we, as the ladies in your life, realise your need to demonstrate your absolute masculinity in the presence of other males, which we are more than happy to allow you to do, just as long as we are not in the vicinity. 
But, I digress. 
In fact, we do love you, Whats On included, and we have done our best this week to make the magazine just a little more testosterone-friendly.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
25 February 1573
Ivan Fedorov opens a publishing house in Lviv. He is one of Eastern Europes first typographers who, just a year later publishes the first book of ABCs in the Old East Slavic language. 

24 February 1917
Ukrainian artist Tetyna Yablonska is born. Starting out in the genre social realism, she later adds a complicated yet nuanced technique the French impressionists were so famous for. Today, Yablonska is one of the most eminent artists in Ukraine, as well as the most copied.


Klitchko Goes in for Mayor Maybe - Whats Up?
Winning 9% of the vote in the nationwide election last year, Vitaliy Klitchkos party UDAR has become a contender, albeit a minor one, in Ukraines current ruling body. Pushing onward and upward, he has been nominated as the united opposition's single candidate in the bid for Kyiv mayor set to go to the polls later this year.


Getting Rid of Lenin - Whats Up?
Svoboda party member Ihor Miroshnichenko has been busy as of late, hitting the news first for making racial slurs about Ukrainian-born Jewish actress Mila Kunis, and just recently for leading a gang of protestors last weekend who brought down a statue of Lenin in the northeastern region of Sumy.


Gas Tank Explodes at Kyiv Eatery - Whats Up?
On Sunday 17 February, a gas cylinder at Aprel restaurant in the centre of Kyiv exploded causing a fire and hospitalising 11 staff and customers. Its been reported that three of those injured are suffering from burns covering 80% of their bodies. None of the injured have been named at the time of going to print.


Yanukovych: EU Integration Remains a Priority - Whats Up?
Almost makes you laugh, doesnt it? Yanukovych has declared the signing of the association agreement with the EU remains a priority, despite the fact several members of the opposition remain in prison, something the EU has categorically stated is an insurmountable barrier to the signing of said agreement.


Breakthrough in Care for Ukrainian Terminal Cancer Patients - Whats Up?
Ukraine is changing its medieval stance on palliative care thanks to the registration of a new drug on the Ukrainian market, oral morphine. Primarily planned to treat severe cancer patients, Human Rights Watch says it is a major step to improving end of life care.


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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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