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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 18 (2013)

18 (2013)/2013
17 May - 23 May
V Whats On ye Kryhitka
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From THE EDITOR (18) - Editorial
I have been reunited recently with the Encyclopaedia Game. It works a little different these days, thanks to the Internet, however, the premise is the same start with a topic, read through its definition and description until you come to another term, word, idea, philosophy youre not familiar with and click on that. Repeat the process until you return to the topic you started with. Sometimes this takes a little longer than others, but the result is a bit of knowledge you didnt have before. Too old for games? Let me walk you through it its fairly fascinating...
As were in Ukraine, lets start with a relevant topic Yulia Tymosehnko. Using Wikipedia as my source, I am told she is a Ukrainian politician born on 27 November 1960.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
22 May 1861
The great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko is reburied in Kaniv, overlooking the Dnipro River. Shevchenko died in St Petersburg on 10 March 1861, where he was initially buried. Head to Kaniv today and pay homage to the great poet as well as visit a museum in his honour.

18 May 1944
Almost 200,000 Crimean Tatars are deported from Crimea in an order given by Joseph Stalin and implemented by 23,000 NKVD soldiers. This day has become a national day of remembrance in Ukraine since 1992.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Ty duzhe krasyva! translates as you are very beautiful! Its a phrase any woman in Ukraine (and more or less beyond) is happy to hear and readily accepts!

Ukrainian Bomber Derailed - Whats Up?
An alarming report in the UKs Daily Mail has presented itself, albeit a little less than in good time. Published around the end of last month, it highlights the arrest of a Ukrainian student in New Jersey found with two improvised explosive devices.
Rutgers student Mykyta Panasenko, 27, had made it past security and boarded a NJ Transit train headed in the direction of Suffern, New York when he was arrested on 7 April for carrying two IEDs; just days before the Boston bombings last month that killed three people and injured 260 more. Apparently, his arrest was not reported by authorities at the time, and was only made public when he appeared in court on Wednesday 24 April.


Movies Under the Night Sky - Whats Up?
Film and nature lovers rejoice: starting 17 May, Kyiv will have its very own open-air cinema. Located in the picturesque Druzhby Narodiv Park (just beneath the Moscow Bridge), youll be treated to films of all sorts while seated in the comfort of your own beach chair, lounger or hammock. Showing three or four films (depending on their length) on an 8×5 metre screen from 22.00 to 06.00, the area can accommodate up to 60 people.


This is BIG! - Whats Up?
Though you might not have expected it, the European Council has just approved ratification of an agreement between Ukraine and the EU regarding the issuance of visas. What that means for this Eastern European country specifically is not clear. However, Kostiantyn Yeliseyev, head of Ukraines delegation to the European UNI0N, has said that Ukraines strategic goal is the same as that of the EU the abolition of visas.


Life According to Herman - Whats Up?
Apparently, all the president needs is a bit of soft touch when it comes to matters of politics (and perhaps the heart), if remarks of presidential advisor Hanna Herman are anything to go by. According to her, Yulia Tymoshenko will receive a presidential pardon once all judicial proceedings against the former prime minister are concluded. I have repeatedly said that I believe in the presidents mercy and I believe that the time will come when he will be able to use his right to grant pardon to Yulia Volodymirivna, Herman said.


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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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