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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 15 (2013)

15 (2013)/2013
26 April - 2 May
Bunnies bounce into Kyiv for Easter
Celebrate the upcoming holiday in style

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From THE EDITOR (15) - Editorial
We are coming up on one of my favourite times of year in Ukraine Paskha. While the West has long ago finished the hunt for eggs and engaged in all manner of sins involving chocolate, we are just coming up to the finish line, with mouths salivating at the certain post-Lenten feast to come next Sunday. Regardless of what or who you believe in God, Allah, Buddha or the man on the moon, this time of year in this country is a special one, and highlights many a tradition the West misses out on. For those who have yet to experience what is the biggest of celebrations for many Ukrainians, a crash course is necessary. Follow along: On Palm Sunday (28 April), or Verbna Nedilia, locals take branches from the countrys first blooming tree to church to have them blessed.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
2 May 1848
Ukraines first political organisation is founded in Lviv. Holovna Ruska Rada is founded to defend the rights and interests of the Ukrainian population in Halychyna, which at that time was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

2 May 1892
The first electric tram in the whole of the Russian Empire and the third in Europe begins operating in Kyiv. The tram joins the centre of Kyiv with Podil running up and down Volodymyrskiy Uzviz.


Tragedy Strikes - Whats Up?
Another tragic story this week in Ukraine: a car collided with a bus on the Ternopil-Kremenets highway at 1.45 in the morning of Monday 22 April. The three people in the car were killed instantly, while the 39 passengers aboard the bus escaped unharmed. As we go to print, the cause of the accident is still being investigated.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Khrystos Voskres!
Christ is Risen! This is part of the greeting Ukrainians will exchange on Easter, congratulating each other with one of the biggest of Christian Holidays. Should you be faced with a Khrystos Voskres greeting over the Easter weekend, your response should be a jubilant Voistinu Voskres He Surely Has!

Kyiv Marathon Set to Run on Schedule - Whats Up?
The IV International Kyiv Marathon will go ahead as planned on 28 April, despite the tragic events that took place at the marathon in Boston more than a week ago. According to Kostyantin Bozhko, head of the Kyiv Running Club, there is little to worry about in terms of security, and says participants have been preparing for the marathon since January and are eager for the day.


Local Babushka Makes International News - Whats Up?
No one in Ukraine will tell you air-conditioners are good for you, quoting all manner of nasty symptoms are caused by a little A/C. No one, that is, but a 97-year old babulya, who is thanking her lucky stars after tumbling out of her fourth-floor window and cheating death by getting tangled up in her air conditioning unit.


Kyiv Has 302 Millionaires - Whats Up?
An income declaration campaign was launched at the beginning of the year, and so far 14,300 of the citys citizens have submitted there income declaration to the tax authorities declaring a total income of 7.282 billion hryvnia ($910 million). That gives an average income between this 14,300 of around $62,500 a year.


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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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