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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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.


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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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10 (2013)/2013
22 March - 28 March
Who needs Coffee?
When youve got M1s Guten Morgen girl, Dasha Kolomiets!

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From THE EDITOR (10) - Editorial
I find it very interesting to watch whats going on in the Ukrainian news at the moment. Endemic corruptive practices and selective justice aside, the scent of change seems to be riding on the sharp March winds we are currently enjoying, and I for one am curious to see what the Ukrainian people are going to do about it.
Good news or bad news first? Perhaps lets start as we mean to go on, and then work our backward shall we?
Leader of UDAR political party, Vitality Klitschko, could be found in Brussels last week, not to meet with the Muscles from Brussels as one might have expected in the past, but to see if he couldnt convince the European community that Western sanctions should be imposed on Ukrainian officials.


Road Rage - Whats Up?
The cratered, pockmarked and potholed surfaces of our roads look not unlike the surface of the Moon, yet this is an altogether more Earthly problem. Ask anyone in Kyiv particularly drivers and theyll say the condition of the citys streets have never been worse. Its a problem in the car-proud capital and wider Ukraine involving not only potential financial loss, but danger to life and limb. Whats On looks at driver complaints and what city and government officials plan to do about the poor health of Kyivs arteries.


Man to Spend a Year with Lions - Whats Up?
While many single women living with their furry little felines are often called crazy cat ladies, there is one Ukrainian man who gets a big fat cookie for bravery, after spending 35 days in the lions den of his small private zoo two years ago. Having set the Ukrainian record back in 2011, Oleksandr Plyshenko of Vasylivka, in Zaporizhia Oblast, is planning to do it again. Only this time, hes going for a whole year.


Ukrainian Catholics Cool With New Pope - Whats Up?
The shock that struck the 100,000 plus who had gathered on St Peters Square at The Vatican last Thursday as French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tuaran read out the name of the new pope was tangible. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was not, it would seem, the first choice of the 1.2 billion Catholics found worldwide. Regardless, he seems to be quite popular with those in the Ukrainian church, as various clergymen have since come forward relating great stories of the new pontiff.


Better than the Movies - Whats Up?
Fan of prison flicks? Are Escape from Alcatraz and Midnight Express your go-to when nothing can be found on cable television? If you had been watching the Kyiv skies over the weekend rather than Frank Morris breaking out of jail with nothing more than a papier mache dummy and a spoon, you might have seen a real life jailbreak in action.


UA Journalist Escapes Syrian Captors - Whats Up?
Ukrainian journalist Ankhar Kochneva, who spent 150 days in Syria, has returned to Kyiv having finally managed to escape her captors. In an interview with a local newspaper, Kochneva said shed walked away from the house where shed been held by members of the Free Syrian Army, skirted a rebel guard post and then walked 15 miles until she came across a villager who helped her.


Position of Kyiv Mayor Wide Open - Whats Up?
Vitality Klitschko may be the United Oppositions little darling when it comes to the mayoral elections to be held later this year, but experts say that the internationally recognised title-winning boxer has got his eyes on another prize, more to come on that in coming weeks.


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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.

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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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