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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 12 (2013)

12 (2013)/2013
5 April - 11 April
Jobs, Careers and Sex
The casting couch still alive and well here in Kyiv

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From THE EDITOR (12) - Editorial
Spring always brings with it a sense of out with the old and in with the new kind of attitude in our house, sometimes much to the chagrin of my soon-to-be husband. And with Chinook-like winds finally making their way over to these parts, he has reason to worry.
Over the winter, we tend to consume and gather and amass any and everything, not unlike bears getting ready to hibernate. I understand the mentality, I even engage in it myself a tragedy in the making is finding yourself, one cold winters night, without your 145-page travel guide to Sri Lanka complete with DVD of the countrys esteemed ambassador telling of the virtues of his country while sipping on black tea from the fields of Ceylon


This Week in History - Whats Up?
8 April 1847
A member of the Kyrylo-Mefodiivske Brotherhood is arrested in Kyiv. This secret political society was founded in 1845 and calls for the abolishment of serfdom, the development of the national language and culture, education of the masses and an independent Ukraine. To this aim, its members publish pamphlets and promote the poetry of Taras Shevchenko.


The Troops Rally for Kyiv Mayor - Whats Up?
Generally, the position of mayor in any given city comes with a responsibility to look after the municipal concerns of its citizens. Here in Kyiv, weve had a rough go of it in the last decade and a half, what with Oleksandr Omelchenko at the reins for more than ten years and then space cadet Leonid Chernovetskiy taking over in 2006.


Bring It On - Whats Up?
Ooooh, ooooh Heres a little gossip for you. Whether newsworthy or not, Volodymyr Klitschko has apparently popped the question to actress Hayden Panettiere, with wedding bells planned for the near future. The two had apparently split a couple years back, but picked up their hot and heavy romance back in January of this year.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Ya Tebe Lyublyu 
This language box has been created to arm all foreigners coming to Ukraine with the most vital, the most important, the most frequently used words and phrases necessary for daily life. Certainly, the phrase I love you falls among that category.

Miss Ukraine 2013 - Whats Up?
Ukraine has got a new Miss for 2013 meet the lovely 21-year old Hanna Zayachkovska from Ivano-Frankivsk. Hanna is a student of iconography in the Prykarpatsky National University, and in her spare time she enjoys painting icons (shes already painted six), writing poems, singing and swimming.
The Miss Ukraine competition traditionally hosts some pretty big names when it comes to judges, and this year was no different with Paris Hilton and Jean-Claude Van Damme among our local adjudicators.


Information Technology Takes Over Ukraine - Whats Up?
While it might not surprise you, Ukraine takes up fourth position in the world of IT specialists, behind only the Untied States, India and Russia. This little bit of trivia comes from the annual report of the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communication and Informatisation of Ukraine and is something we here in Ukraine can be quite proud of!


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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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