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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 14 (2013)

14 (2013)/2013
19 April - 25 April
Are you in A Rush?
You should be, tickets for the concert of Iranian-Swedish heartthrob, Arash, are going fast

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From THE EDITOR (14) - Editorial
The weather so much of what we do in the outside world depends on it. If I were to look back upon all of my editorials, which at this point number 70 or 80, Im sure there is reference made to the elements in some form or another in nearly half. Thats kind of pathetic actually. Its also playing with fire if youre at all superstitious and think that the mere mention of rain or snow is what brings it on, as was suggested not that long ago by someone I know. But with the sun firmly fixed in the bright blue sky as I write, I shall power on there is so much to see and do in this country!


This Week in History - Whats Up?
19 April 1125
Prince Volodymyr Monomakh dies. As one of the last great princes of Kyiv Rus, he began his rule exactly 1,000 years ago, in 1113. One of his legacies is the literary work Povchannya (Edification), which calls on all princes of the Kyiv Rus to unite and live in peace.

24 April 1959
Regionnaire and presidential advisor Hanna Herman is born. Educated as a journalist, she has worked at various newspapers such as Lenins Star, Lenins Youth and later at Radio Liberty.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Skilky koshtuye...?
How much is...? This is quite possibly the most frequently-used question by tourists everywhere in Ukraine. Just add whatever non you require to the end of the question taxi, Coca-Cola, metro. Gesticulating works well too.

New Rules on the Road - Whats Up?
You might have fallen victim to the many potholes here in Kyiv and beyond in recent weeks. However, thanks to a new bylaw approved by government on Monday 15 April, Ukraine is making strides to becoming a safer country where its roads are concerned.
In addition to getting crews out to fill in all of the ruts, however temporarily, the State Service of Ukraine for Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship Development reports that the government has also enacted a ruling whereby vehicles are now required to switch on daytime running lights or low beams while travelling the countrys highways and thoroughfares from 1 October to 1 May specifically.


A 1025 Year Celebration - Whats Up?
There has been much ado about the 1025th anniversary of the baptism of Kyiv Rus in Kyiv recently. Plans for the celebration, which will take place officially on 28 July, include total reconstruction of St Volodymyrs Hill along with repairs made to the saint himself (or rather his monument), as well as to the Princess Olha, St Andrew and Cyril and Methodius monuments on Mykhailivska Ploscha.


The Gas Game Continues - Whats Up?
Russia likes to play games, but whether they are actually any good at them is another question entirely. The current game they are considering is really just a long, drawn-out continuation of one that started years ago, called Gas. Youve probably heard of it. In fact, if you were here in Ukraine or somewhere in Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia or Macedonia in January of 2009, you played a big part in it, albeit not by choice.


Tourist Card Soon to Appear in Kyiv - Whats Up?
Yes, it had to happen, finally were catching on! To what you might ask. Well tell you: tourism! Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities are brimming with cool touristy things to do, and come the end of May, that reality will be made tangible (and cheap) in the form of a tourist ticket to the citys treasures, called the Kyiv City Card.
With this card you get free access to 27 of Kyivs museums along with a spot among a number of city excursions, which will be presented in English.


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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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