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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 7 (2013)

7 (2013)/2013
1 March - 7 March
Smells like Spring!
What's On gears up for all of the new season's events

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From THE EDITOR (7) - Editorial
As I sit down to write this weeks editorial, I am not faced with a barrage of PAN Publishing staff asking if we can include, change, update or revise any Whats On content be it big or small. The regular hum of computer keys racing to meet deadlines has been silenced. Even the traffic outside our office flows with little interruption, no one needing to lean on their horn for the jam that some bonehead (who more often than not happens to be our president) has caused. The land is quiet if this was a country and western-themed story a tumbleweed might even blow past the country is sick.
I generally have a pretty healthy constitution, but even the current flu bug currently going around has given me the sniffles.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
4 March 1815 
Mykhailo Verbytsky is born. In addition to being a well-known social activist, he is composer and author of Ukraines national anthem Shche Ne Vmerla Ukraina.

5 March 1827 
Ukrainian poet, writer and teacher Leonid Hlibov is born. Hlibov is most noted for his fables, of which he wrote more than 100.


Our Oversight - Whats Up?
Two weeks ago, we commented on a story taken from Lviv-based newspaper Galitskiy Kontrakty, which stated that Ukraines three generous philanthropists were Jewish; among them Rinat Akhmetov. While Mr Akhmetov occupies the top spot in terms of philanthropy in this country, he is in not Jewish. We apologise for our error.

The Capital Gets Treated to Road Repair - Whats Up?
Well its about (insert expletive here) time thats all weve got to say! Small cars have been known to disappear within the depths of some of the potholes the city has been privy to as of late, which has undoubtedly had mechanics throughout the city engaging in the Mr Burns excellent finger tent.


Marshrutkas Operators Strike - Whats Up?
Were not sure who counted, but 100,000 commuters to the capital from the wider Kyiv oblast were left stranded on the morning of 26 February after their marshrutkas failed to arrive. News website Liga reported drivers of the ubiquitous yellow shuttle-buses canned 15 routes in the Kyiv region in protest at the transportation tender for those areas being awarded to an Odesa-based company last August.


Mag Gagged - Whats Up?
It seems the latest issue of Ukrainian news magazine Focus may have ruffled a few feathers in the Yanukovych-led government. In fact, you could say the latest issue, dated 21 February, is as rare as hens teeth after it was yanked from shelves across the country, Ukrainian Pravda reports. 
The issue focused on the three-year tenure of President Viktor Yanukovych, his achievements and (presumably) failures.


Boy Killed in US Was Adopted from Ukraine - Whats Up?
Andrew Arthur Butler, along with two other children, was adopted by an older American couple from a Donetsk orphanage in 2003. Relocating to West Virginia, the family began their new life together. 
In June 2011, the adoptive father, 73 at the time, was apparently trying to teach Andrew how to use a gun. Tragically, he ended up shooting the boy in the head.


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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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