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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 29 (2013)

29 (2013)/2013
2 August - 8 August
Girls and Guns
Take aim on a new hobby

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From The Editor (29) - Editorial
I am usually pretty blasé about events that come to town. So laid back in fact, my other half and I tend not to go to a lot of things, despite the tickets that are more than often thrown in our direction for some pretty cool things. There is one event this week, however, I will be sure not to miss.
Witness the Legacy is a show that is currently touring Ukraine, and brought by my zemlyaky, my fellow countrymen, the Pavlychenko Folklorique Ensemble and the Lastiwka Ukrainian Choir, I cant wait to sit in the audience and be a part of the magic.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
4 August 1687
Ivan Mazepa is elected Hetman of Ukraine. This era is marked with rapid development in education, publishing and culture and is later referred to as the age of Mazepa baroque.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
A ya na mori!
Im at the seaside!
This is a commonly used phrase in the summer, especially here in Ukraine. Want to make your friends jealous? The next time you get on the phone with them tell them you cant talk A ya na mori!

Passport Fraudsters - Whats Up?
Think of how many times youve had to submit your passport to get anything done in this country. Now imagine, if you will, the woman at the currency exchange or the man at ZHEK taking a copy of your documents for his own personal business on the side. Sound crazy? Ah, but this is Kyiv, detka!
Scrolling through various social network pages, journalists working with Vesti newspaper found dozens upon dozens of scammers ready to sell copied pages of peoples passports for the bargain price of $24 per document. The same goes for those willing to buy copies of passports.


Ukrainian Gamer Takes Top Spot - Whats Up?
In a country with so many computer geeks, it should come as little surprise that a Ukrainian man known as Dendi is among the top seven of the worlds highest paid gamers. South Korean gamers occupy spots 2 6, while American Fatal1ty takes the cake, with earnings of $450,000 to date.
Though, having participated in 23 tournaments, Dendi, also known as Danylo Ishutin, cant complain about his earnings either: amassing $275,800 for doing little more than play video games, this 23-year-old is a force to reckon with at least on Dota 2 (his favourite game) turf.


Illegal Bear-baiting Still Occurs in Ukraine - Whats Up?
According to various news media, a subsidiary of chocolate bar maker Mars has been sponsoring bear-baiting contests in Ukraine. Videos that have quickly gone viral show tape branded with the name Royal Canin being used in a competition earlier this year in the city of Vinnytsia a place recently awarded as Ukraines best city.
Footage released by international animal welfare group Four Paws reveals a small audience of men looking on as several dogs are released onto a chained brown bear.


Two Die in Fire - Whats Up?
A fire at the National Museum of Natural History (B Khmelnytskoho 15) woke up Kyivs sleepy city centre on Thursday 25 July, with experts blaming a fault in the electrical grid from the use of heating installation instead of special lamps by museum workers for the blaze. Affecting much of the first floor of the building, where the exhibition The Night World of Wildlife was on display, firefighters had to work quickly to save both the building as well as its inhabitants.


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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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