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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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38 (2013)/2013
18 October - 24 October
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From The Editor (38) - Editorial
Stories at the expense of others are often the most humourous. Heres one of mine.
I woke up one morning this week before my alarm feeling pretty good. I poured myself some hot water with lemon (its my post wedding detox strategy), sat down to a little online research (an activity different to online shopping), and whipped out the old yoga mat. I took a shower, threw on a comfy-cas pair of jeans and a button-up, and even found a few minutes for a little make-up.


A Better Deal - Whats Up?
Analysts at Standard Bank are extremely positive about the signing of the Association Agreement with the European UNI0N next month, according to a company report prepared by emerging markets analyst Timothy Ash. So positive about the deal is Ash, hes backed it up with a number: 90, percent that is. According to him, Ukraine is oriented firmly westward and he is 90% certain the country and the EU will sign the deep and comprehensive free-trade agreement.


Nationalists March - Whats Up?
Its been an uphill climb for the Svoboda party in Ukraine, but they got out their hikers on Monday 14 October and were out and about in the streets of Kyiv trying to sell the 71st anniversary of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) over the more orthodox (no pun intended) annual celebration Day of the Protection of the Mother of God.
Its been the goal of the nationalists to turn this day around and make it their own since 2005, planning rallies and organising parades in honour of the UPA, a highly controversial organisation which fought both Nazi and Soviet forces in World War II.


Ukrainian Man in Trouble in Mexico - Whats Up?
A Ukrainian stabbed another man, and not just any man the Russian Vice Consul in Panama on Friday 11 October. According to various reports, Yevgeniy Manilov was in the parking lot of a nearby business centre, which also houses the Russian Embassy, when he was attacked by Oleksiy Lisovenko. Manilov was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Lisovenko on the other hand attempted to flee the scene, but was arrested by police shortly after the incident.


Its All About Gas - Whats Up?
Former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko languishes in prison, and as we all know, this is causing huge problems. Why is she in jail? Because she was found guilty of acting outwith her powers when she signed a gas deal with Putin. Why is that causing huge problems? Because everyone believes her trial, conviction and sentencing were politically motivated. And it most likely was.
But was there some reason in it also?


Classics of a Musical Dynasty - This Week
5th International Chamber Art Music Festival featuring Kyiv Soloists National Chamber Ensemble, Dmytriy Yablonsky (US, conductor, cello), Oksana Yablonska (US, piano), Andriy Ilkiv (UA, trumpet), National Philharmonic of Ukraine (Volodymyrskiy Uzviz 2), 20 October at 19.00
Initiated by the Collegium String Quartet Project, this international festival of chamber music will take place for the fifth time here in the Ukrainian capital.


Exploding with Energy - This Week
Vainakh National Chechen Dance Ensemble, Palace Ukraine (V Vasylkivska 103), 24 October at 19.00
The word Vainakh translates as our people, and as an ensemble, incorporates the values, customs and traditions of the Chechen people. Accompanied by thrilling rhythms, the men brave and daring and the women graceful and polished will take you on a tour both together and separately through the Caucasus Mountains and lower-lying plains.


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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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