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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 33 (2013)

33 (2013)/2013
13 September - 19 September
Out of the shadow of Barney and Bieber
Selena Gomez steps into Kyiv for a concert you dont want to miss

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From The Editor (33) - Editorial
This is a big season for the PAN Publishing family, somebodys had a baby, somebodys getting married. I will be headed off to the Emerald Isle, the birthplace of my soon-to-be-husband, next week, which means youll be in the capable Kiwi hands of our copy editor Jared Morgan for a short while.
With plans for the wedding well under way, thoughts of love and all that entails have been at the forefront lately.


Knife Attack Keeps Kyiv on Alert - Whats Up?
While fans from the United Kingdom have been known from time to time to get a little rowdy about their football, it was the Ukrainians who took things to the next level, and on the eve of the Ukraine vs England World Cup Qualifier, what has been reported as 30 hooded hoodlums attacked a group of English supporters in a coffee shop on Khreshchatyk.


City Streets Close for a Week - Whats Up?
In a bid to continue along this westward-reaching path, Kyiv hosts the European Mobility Week from 17 to 22 September, an action organised throughout many a European city, which hopes to promote a healthy lifestyle and reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.
The week kicks off with free yoga classes in Peyzazhnaya Alley, while an evening bike ride is planned for around the capital, along with presentations and public discussions surrounding the development of cycling infrastructure in the Darnytsa area.


Murder Solved? - Whats Up?
The murder of an Alchevsk student has been under investigation in recent days, which saw police arresting another student of the same town in the Luhansk region for the heinous crime on Monday 9 September.
According to the pre-trial investigation, the girls death was due to an open skull fracture, damage to the facial bones, bleeding under the skin of the brain and soft tissues of the neck.


Hrushevskiy Homeless - Whats Up?
Everybody knows of him: hes the guy on the 50 hryvnia note, and a rather well-known Ukrainian politician and historian in his day. And, according to various reports as of Thursday 5 September, hes now homeless.
Built in the second half of the 19th century, with the second floor completed in 1888, the building where Mykailo Hrushevsky lived with his family was starting to fall apart, but that was no justification for tearing it down completely on Thursday 5 September. Historian Michael Kalnitsky explains the house on 111 Saksahanskoho had historical value: Hrushevsky lived here with his mother and sister. As did student of the Kyiv Art School and famous landscape painter Ivan Hvorostetsky.


Ukraine Tied to Syria - Whats Up?
The ongoing Syrian conflict has taken to the international stage these last days with a big old spotlight being shone in Syria's direction. We can and probably have all speculated about the support its countrys current president has been receiving from various sources Russia being one of them. However, a new report has surfaced recently that suggests Ukraine too may be involved in the disgusting warfare that has plagued the area for two-and-a-half years.


The Path of the Fist-Foot - Active Kyiv
On the eve of the Kyiv Open Cup 2013, a taekwondo tournament featuring a performance from masters of the martial art the Kukkiwon Team, Whats On takes a look at this relative newcomer in the hand-to-hand combat world of martial arts, developed in the 1940s by Korean major general Choi Hong Hi.


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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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