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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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From THE EDITOR (9) - Editorial
I walked out of my apartment earlier this week to a car absolutely covered in snow. Brushing the white stuff from my vehicle, all the while silently grumbling about the continued appearance of snow in March, I was somehow reminded of the turn of phrase no two snowflakes are alike; then dismissed the thought as quickly as it came as my car started looking less snowmobile and more city sedan.
Taking the long way to work, I couldnt help but notice two things: 1. how the falling flurries were simply incessant and 2. how my discontent with Mother Natures current assault seemed far less acute when shielded behind steel and glass.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
20 March 1639
Ivan Mazepa is born. He becomes Hetman of Ukraine at the age of 50 and tirelessly works for Ukraines independence from the Russian Empire. He is remembered in world history for his support of Swedish King Charles XII and his Russian invasion, and here in Ukraine for his spirit of generosity, especially in the spheres of education, culture and printed media.

17 March 1856
Well-known Russian artist Mykhaylo Vrubel is born. His name is synonymous with Kyiv too, however, with many works featured in Volodymyrskiy cathedral and Kyrylivska church. It was he who also restored many of the murals in St Sophia cathedral.


Mystery British Man Rescued by Ukrainian Armed Forces - Whats Up?
Imagine, making your way to Ukraine with a small to do list: visit Chornobyl, toss back a little vodka followed by some salo, maybe meet a girl. When suddenly, youre taken and held against your will by supposed kidnappers and made to call your family who are required to provide a ransom for your release. All of a sudden, Ukraine doesnt seem like such a nice place to visit after all, making you wish youd gone to the Med instead.


Editor Takes it in the Teeth, Literally - Whats Up?
Taras Chornoivan, the editor of a newspaper in Vinnytsia, was brutally attacked last week, as reported by the Kyiv-based press freedom group Institute for Mass Information (IMI). Apparently, the attack occurred on the evening of Tuesday 5 March, and sent Chornoivan to a nearby hospital where he was treated for broken ribs and teeth, a concussion, chest trauma, and multiple bruises.


Ukrainian Book is Among 250 of the Worlds Best for Children and Young Adults - Whats Up?
Young and in love, Ivas is the main character in Eight Days from the Life of Burunduk, a witty and empathetic tale of first love, disappointment and the lengths a young boy will go to in order to have his affection returned. Shortlisting it onto the worlds 250 best childrens books this year, writer Ivan Andrusyak had to compete with thousands of entries from more than 40 countries to appear on White Ravens 2013 catalogue of best books, a respected collection of especially noteworthy books as decided by the International Youth Library and updated annually.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Peredayte, bud laska
Not one word, obviously, but an expression, which is essential while using one of Kyivs various methods of public transport the marshrutka. Literally translated as pass, please, it asks the person in front of you to pass along the fare from passengers sitting on the back.


Shevchenko Commemorated - Whats Up?
March 2014 will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth  of poet and artist Taras Shevchenko, and, as expected, the country will mark the occasion with celebrations across the country, according to Minister of Culture, Leonid Novohatko. I really want to see the 200th anniversary of Taras Shevchenko to become a unifying factor in the political, social, spiritual and artistic life of our society, he is quoted as saying.


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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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