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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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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 ¹ 22 (2013)

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14 June - 20 June
A country rich in treasures and Trash
What’s On considers a cleaner landscape for Ukraine

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From The Editor (22) - Editorial
This country is one of extreme paradoxes: people here can’t get enough good, wholesome, natural, organic ingredients, yet vodka is cheaper than water; one minute the nation is fighting for democracy and social equality and the next we have a numpty running the show; socks under sandals – need I say more?


This Week in History - Whats Up?
18 June 1681
Feofan Prokopovych is born. As alumni and later rector of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy, one of Ukraine’s oldest educational institutions, his name lives on as a well respected theologian, writer, poet, mathematician and philosopher of the Baroque époque.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Zachekaete, bud laska!
Wait, please! Whether you’re being bombarded with a swarm of people trying to get on the metro while you’re trying to push your way off or some ignorant peasant who has pushed his way to the front of the line – use this phrase and use it often.

Country’s Newest Star - Whats Up?
Ukraine’s Vadym Kholodenko is the country’s newest, if not rock star, then “rock solid performer” after winning the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, one of the “most highly visible classical-music contests in the world”, last weekend. Tinkling Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto and an “elegantly detailed” Mozart Concerto No 21 on the ivories to an impressed panel of judges, the 26-year-old was awarded a notable cash prize of $50,000, a recording contract, concert dates and career management over three years.
This is a rather prestigious competition, named in honour of the American pianist who won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 in Moscow, Russia, at the height of the Cold War.


Hats Off to KHADI - Whats Up?
The Kharkiv National Automobile and Highway University is known internationally, and on Friday 31 May was venerated once more, thanks to KHADI-34. The acronym denotes the University’s ecomobile, which took part in Shell’s ecomarathon in Rotterdam. With 200 teams from across Europe competing against each other, the Ukrainians and their little white speedster placed a respectable 22nd, considering they had to race on an open track with real traffic and rainy weather.


Luring Out the Bear - Whats Up?
Ukraine’s opposition are making it mighty tricky for the current government to get any, er, pretence of work done, having blocked the Parliament podium yet again last week. Poor Volodymyr Rybak, the country’s Parliament speaker, had to run the evening’s session on Thursday 6 June from a seat assigned to visitors. Remaining blocked by opposition members into Friday 7 June, the group were demanding our fearless leader Viktor Yanukovych fulfil his constitutional requirement and deliver his annual address before Parliament, instead of distributing the text as in previous years.


Mmm-hmm… - Whats Up?
A Kharkiv court has adjourned Yulia Tymoshenko’s trial for tax evasion and embezzlement for the ___th time... Can you guess the number? Nineteen – that’s right folks, 19! Due to Ms Yulia’s absence, Judge Kostyantin Sadovsky set a new date of 5 July for the trial, which will likely result in little but a new number of adjournments.

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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t 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 – children’s 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. What’s 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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