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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 8 (2013)

8 (2013)/2013
8 March - 14 March
The Alloise Cocktail
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From THE EDITOR (8) - Editorial
Whats On comes out this week right smack bang on International Womens Day: a day women in this part of the world look forward to each year, and most men probably dont understand. As a holiday that once had very feminist undertones, those suffragette traces have all but become obsolete, replaced instead with a little admiration for the women in our lives along with gifts of flowers, chocolates and toasts of all sorts.
I love the ladies of this country; they have taught me a great deal in my time here, such as, for example, how to toss back far too much shampanskoye and wake up the next morning without a hangover.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
8 March
International Womens Day! First celebrated by the Socialist Party of America in the United States in 1909, it was an occasion that later spread to and was adopted by the socialist countries of the USSR. While originally feminist in nature and ideology, 8 March has turned into a statutory day off for all and has been since 1966.


Weekly Language Lesson - Whats Up?
Ukrainian for bye or goodbye. Its a shortened and more commonly used variant of buvay zdorovy (stay healthy), which you wish someone as you part. Mind that the oft-uttered poka, an informal variant of goodbye or see you later, is of Russian origin. 

Star Wars in Kyiv - Whats Up?
Darth Vader and a gaggle of Stormtroopers marched on the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday 26 February, in an effort to gain recognition for the Internet Party of Ukraine. As it turns out, however, the force was somewhere else that day the dark lord and his white knights were denied access.


Ukrainian Oligarch Escapes Attempted Murder - Whats Up?
It would seem someone is unhappy with the content appearing on Jewish news channel Jewish News One (JN1) as of late, as one of its owners, Vadym Rabinovich was threatened with an attack on his life on Monday 4 March. According to reports from Russian daily Komosomolskaya Pravda among others, masked men appeared to throw an incendiary device at Rabinovichs car from a nearby empty house as he left the parking lot of his office building near Klovska Metro at about 15.30.


Famous Last Words - Whats Up?
The date for mayoral elections hasnt even been announced yet, and Kyivs current City Admin Chairman Oleksandr Popov is already claiming victory. At least, thats what he told journalists on Monday 4 March at the III nationwide exhibition of childrens art Country of Young Masters in Kyivs Palace of Children and Youth. I will win, he is quoted as saying. Yep, you and Twisted Sister both.

Ukraine to Get Professional Army? - Whats Up?
News that Ukraine would become a country with a professional army as opposed to one of conscription was apparently released at the New Year. It is only now, however, getting the attention it deserves with questions and comments being flung about from all sides. 
A contract-based army is expensive, and while the Defence Ministry might have put together some rather optimistic numbers, many are left wondering whether they have really thought things through. Lebedev seems confident.


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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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