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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 27 (2013)

27 (2013)/2013
19 July - 25 July
Ukraines Holi Fest makes a Splash
This Indian-inspired festival is sure to colour your weekend

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From The Editor (27) - Editorial
Pigs, garbage, the doughnut squad, rozzers, smurfs the police have got a bad rap everywhere in the world, not just here in Ukraine; though, they have certainly been doing their best as of late to win the award for worst national force. Accused of abduction, rape, assault, and thats just in the last few weeks, local lawmen have been reproached for all kinds of felonies from petty theft to first degree murder by people in various villages throughout the country. And its only the beginning.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
24 July 969
Princess Olha dies in Kyiv. Olha is one of the few women of power in Ukrainian history she ruled over Kyiv Rus in the middle of the 10th century until her son Svyatoslav inherited the throne. It is believed she converted to Christianity before it was officially brought to Kyiv Rus.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Good night its a very sweet saying in Ukrainian that guarantees sweet dreams.

Ukrainian Femen Member Becomes French National Symbol - Whats Up?
Inna Shevchenko, the same girl who was recently granted political asylum in France for felling a 13-foot high Christian cross in Kyiv, is the most recent hero among the French, appearing as she does on their newest national postage stamp as a symbol of the French Revolution.
Each new President of France chooses a stamp with the new Marianna, the bare-breasted heroine of the French Revolution, on the Day of Revolution.


Kudos to Ukrainian Referees - Whats Up?
Two Ukrainian referees marked their territory on Thursday 11 July with both heading two separate games in the second leg of the first qualifying round for the UNI0N of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League.
Kharkiv-born Anatoliy Abdula, who refereed for the Europa League last year, arbitrated the Malmo Drogheda United (2 0) game in Sweden, while newcomer to the Europa Leagues list of international referees, Mukacheve resident Yaroslav Kozyk officiated over the Astra Domzale (2 0) game in Romania.
The first Ukrainian team to make an appearance in the UEFA League qualifiers this year is Odesas Chornomorets.


Police Station Taken by Storm - Whats Up?
A massive protest flared at a Kyiv police station on Friday 12 July, with dozens of officers needed to keep the crowd from breaking down the fence. It seems residents were fuming over an incident that happened earlier in the day at a local market where a young woman was punched by a police officer.


Bear Attack! - Whats Up?
If you go out in the woods today, youre sure of a big surprise... Its a childrens song that warns of teddy bears picnics however, picnicking was the last thing on the mind of a bear in the Ivano Franko region of Ukraine on Saturday 13 July, as she spied a young girl and her mother gathering berries.
According to emergency services, the young girl heard a noise in the bushes.


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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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