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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 23 (2013)

23 (2013)/2013
21 June - 27 June
The country has Festival Fever
The Black Sea boasts Ukraines Kazantip and Russias Kubana which will you take in?

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From The Editor (23) - Editorial
Before I really let loose this week, let me paint you a picture: youre in the shower. You think you hear the door to your apartment open. You assume its your wife whos gone to work but returned for something she has forgotten. You think nothing of it until you get out of the shower, and find the door left wide open. Now youre a little alarmed why would your better half come and go without at least closing the door, not to mention locking it?


This Week in History - Whats Up?
27 June 1834
Kyiv University opens under the name St Volodymyr. In 1939, it is renamed after the great Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko, which remains today. The central red building of the National University is one of Kyivs landmarks.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
What? Excuse me, can you repeat? Yes?
This one little piece of colloquialism refers to all of the above and is one Ukrainians use a million times a day.

Talks on Nuclear Energy Resume - Whats Up?
Ukraine is in the middle of plans to complete another two nuclear reactor units in the Khmelnitsky region of the country, which were started back in the 1980s. Put on hold because of changes to requirements by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), after the Fukushima disaster of 2011, the two units are 75% and 28% complete.
With 15 reactors in total generating about half of the countrys electricity, Ukraine is highly dependent on nuclear power.


Ukrainian Nazi Commander Found in the US - Whats Up?
Its been nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, but secrets and secret identities are still being discovered. It turns out, a Ukrainian man who was apparently the head of a Ukrainian Nazi military unit has been located recently in the state of Minnesota, US of A. His name is Michael Karkoc and he is 94-years-old.
Statements made by various soldiers in his unit place Karkoc at the scene of various brutal attacks on villages, where men, women and children suffered horrifically.


Turkey Cleared by Ukrainian Consul - Whats Up?
For everyone with plans to head to Turkey this summer worry not! Ukraines consul general in Istanbul Bohdan Yaramenko confirms that there is no threat to Ukrainian tourists. According to a broadcast on one of our local television channels picked up by Radio Free Europe on Sunday 16 June, Yaramenko said it would be a significant exaggeration to say that Turkey is engulfed by protests or revolution. We cannot say that they [Ukrainians] face something more than under usual circumstances.


Bloody Murder Takes Kyiv By Surprise - Whats Up?
An exclusive apartment on Lyuteranska, a street in Kyivs busy city centre, was the scene of a homicide on Thursday 13 June, where police found two bodies, one man and one woman, tangled together in blood. The woman, 27-year-old Yulia Tkachenko, was pronounced dead at the scene, while her husband Serhiy Chmyrenko was still alive but unconscious.


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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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