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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 28 (2013)

28 (2013)/2013
26 July - 1 August
Windsurfing season is open,
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Head down south this summer and find out how to jam on the water

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From The Editor (28) - Editorial
The name of the man accused of terrorist attacks in the UK was released just before we went to print this week Pavlo Lapshyn. Apparently hes from Dnipropetrovsk.
This in itself says nothing of who this young man is. Unless you have lived in Ukraine, or know a little about its past as well as its present, at which point you start to connect the dots.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
1 August 1913
Famous Ukrainian poetess Lesya Ukrainka dies in Georgia. As one of Ukraines greatest female lyricists of all time, her poems, plays and prose reveal a powerful personality.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Zahornit z soboyu, bud laska
Pack this up, please also known as, can I have a doggie bag? Here in Ukraine, almost all restaurants will pack up your food so that you can take it home and enjoy later or, as the case may be, give to the dog.

Ukrainian Journalist in Hospital After Brutal Attack - Whats Up?
A Ukrainian journalist was taken to hospital on Sunday 21 July after two unidentified assailants basically beat the crap out of him.
Oleh Bogdanov, journalist for Dorozhny Kontrol (Road Control), was coming out of his apartment in Donetsk when the men attacked him. His wife and daughter were in a nearby park and witnessed the whole incident. Bogdanov has since been hospitalised for injuries including a broken jaw and nose, concussion, and multiple bruises.


New Comet Discovered by Ukrainian - Whats Up?
Ukrainian Hennadiy Borisov discovered a new comet on Monday 8 July, at a Southern Night star party in Crimea. Named after the amateur astronomer, C/2013 N4 (Borisov) is currently flying through Auriga and will continue to brighten on its journey to the sun.
Apparently, Borisov found the comet after taking pictures of the dawn sky by using nothing more than his 8-inch telescope and a CCD camera.


New Court Head Yanukovych Buddy - Whats Up?
On Thursday 18 July, Ukraine elected its new chairman of the Constitutional Court Vyacheslav Ovcharenko. It will surprise no one that we neednt dig too deep to find the links that have got him to where he is today:
Born on 16 July 1957, in Yenakiyevo, Donetsk the same region as our dear President Viktor Yanukovych.
Employed by an automotive factory in the 80s the same enterprise as headed by big Vik.


Population Set to Nosedive - Whats Up?
Population stats may be set to soar for various parts of the world in the coming years, but not here in Ukraine, and those looking for a little extra space may want to consider this Eastern European paradise because from a fairly steady population of 45.5 million currently, the UN is predicting a drop to 33 million by the year 2050. Thats more than a quarter of the population and in just 37 years time!


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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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