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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.


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25 (2013)/2013
5 July - 11 July
PicniC with the ACC
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From The Editor (25) - Editorial
Weekends in Ukraine are spent just like they would be in any other part of the world: chillaxing. With so much to choose from, we opt on a 24-hour trip to Cherkasy (which henceforth can only be said with an accent resembling that of a Scouser, Scotsman or some combination of the two) last Saturday and have a grand ole time.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
7 July 1923
The Drahomanov Ukrainian Pedagogical Institute opens in Prague. Financed mainly by the Czechoslovakian government, the college operates for ten years, preparing teachers in primary and secondary school levels, who later come to teach in Ukraine.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
The Ukrainian equivalent of help! Use at your own discretion.

VKontakte to Suffer a Tragic Fate? - Whats Up?
And it starts: Ukraine may not enjoy the same freedom of speech as found in more democratised countries as France or Germany, however, were no Russia (thank God) or China in terms of extreme lack of free speech. That may be about to change, what with the businessman turned media mogul buying up United Media Holdings, as reported last week, and the newest scandal: police seizing all VKontakte company servers in Kyiv as of Thursday 27 June.


Ukrainian Race Car Driver Dies of Dehydration in Desert - Whats Up?
It is with sadness, the country mourns yet another tragic loss pilot of the Sixt Ukraine race team, Vadym Nesterchuk.
According to various sources, Nesterchuk was training in Rub al Khali, known as the Empty Quarter near Abu Dhabi, in preparation for Russias Silkway Rally. The largest sand desert in the world did little detract the driver from training in temperatures that can get as hot as 56 degrees Celsius, as friends can attest he used to love training in the desert.


Bodies of Climbers Come Home - Whats Up?
The bodies of the three Ukrainian men, Ihor Sverhun, Badavi Kashayev and Dmytro Koniayev, killed in Pakistan on Sunday 23 June while on the Nanga-Parbat expedition were returned to Ukraine via Kharkiv International Airport on Friday 28 June. On the same plane were eight other Ukrainian climbers (three from Kharkiv and five from Kyiv) who survived the attack, all of whom were met by friends and relatives at the airport.


Brutal Crime Stirs A Village to Act - Whats Up?
A brutal and needless incident occurred in the region of Mykolayiv this past Wednesday 26 June: two police officers and one local taxi driver raped and severely beat 29-year-old Iryna Krashkova, an resident of Vradiyivka village.


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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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