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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 40 (2013)

40 (2013)/2013
1 November - 7 November
Moustaches make a comeback for Movember

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From The Editor (40) - Editorial
Im really diggin our cover this week, not because theres a few cute guys featured (with one particularly suspicious-looking one in the middle), but because it highlights a hugely significant but often overlooked subject matter here in Ukraine mens health.
Movember kicked off almost a decade ago by a few dudes down in Australia who thought it important to raise awareness of male cancer.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
6 November 1855
Ukrainian historian, archaeologist, ethnographer and lexicographer Dmytro Yavornytky is born. Yavornytsky was a member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society and devoted numerous ethnographic works to the Zaporizhian Sich and Cossacks. In 1902 he became director of the O Polia historical museum in Katerynoslav (now Dnipropetrovsk), but was removed from his post in 1933 after accusations of bourgeois nationalism.


Gazprom Wants Ukraines Debts Settled - Whats Up?
Ukraine may be in severe danger of yet another gas war with Russia, if it doesnt get its August bill paid and soon. The Russian gas export monopoly is, according to reports, extremely concerned about the debt, and on Tuesday 29 October was demanding its neighbour fork up the cash.
Gazprom CEO Alexiy Miller said Ukraine had been given until 1 October to pay for the gas it received over the summer month of August. But with no payment made and no sign so far from Ukraine that payment would be made in the near future, Miller is hardly a happy camper. The situation with Ukraines gas payments is coming to the boil. Ukraine has failed to pay fully for the August supply, he is quoted as saying during a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. We have to wait for a reaction of our Ukrainian partners... If there is no reaction we have to move to advance payments.


A Picture Often Says it All - Whats Up?
Presidents Yanukovych and Putin met in the southern Russian city of Sochi last weekend to continue talking through the same urgent matters that made it on the agenda of their talks in Minsk earlier this month: anti-criminal cooperation within the borders of the former Soviet country, ways to boost flaggering economic partnerships and the upcoming 70th anniversary of WWIIs Victory Day.


Ukraine Making Strides In Fight Against AIDS - Whats Up?
According to Michael Sidibe, executive director of a joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Ukraine has become the first country in Eastern Europe to reduce the number of new HIV infections. Here on a two-day working visit last week, Sidibe met with Verkovna Rada Head of the Health Committee Tetiana Bakhteyeva on Wednesday 23 October and thanked her for her personal role in leading the national AIDS response as well as in securing government commitment to expanding HIV treatment and life-saving prevention services, including comprehensive harm reduction and opioid substitution therapy for drug users.
A new national programme is set for approval by the Rada in coming months, which includes a significant scaling up of antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV and a major increase in government funding.


Non-white Racial Hatred Born in Ukraine and Sentenced in the UK - Whats Up?
You might recall the case of Pavlo Lapshyn, a Ukrainian PhD student who murdered a Muslim senior citizen and then continued on his racial hatred spree by detonating three homemade bombs near mosques in the UK this spring. Arrested in July, and sentenced on Friday 25 October at the Central Criminal Court of England, the 25-year-old Ukrainian man is being sent to jail for a minimum of 40 years.


And it starts - Whats Up?
With Ukraine keenly and firmly fixed on the west, Russia looks to be taking definitive steps (the trade spat of August was just the beginning) to ensure demarcation between the two countries. Most recently, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced his belief that citizens of Russia and Ukraine should cross the Russian-Ukrainian border using foreign travel passports, as opposed to internal ones, as they are allowed to use now.


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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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