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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 43 (2013)

43 (2013)/2013
22 November - 28 November
Never Forget
The 80th anniversary of Stalins man-made famine is commemorated this week

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From The Editor (43) - Editorial
I made my husband write the restaurant review this week, not because I am lazy, or even because I had too much to do. I asked that he do it, so as to present an unbiased report of what happened: I was starving, the service was less than ideal, the music was deafening, and there were far too many people drinking alcohol and getting evermore excited about a pretty important football game that night.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
25 November 1833
Ukrainian prose writer and translator Ivan Nechui-Levytskyi is born. Depicting the characteristic social struggle of the 19th century Ukrainian peasant in his literature, his works Kaidasheva Family(1879), Mykola Jerria (1878) and Clouds (1874) continue to appear on stage and in film today.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
My znaidemo spilnu movu
We will find a common language.
It is important to learn foreign languages. But sometimes, even fluency does not elicit understanding. To find a common language, one must appreciate what another has to say.

Ships Discovered in the Black Sea - Whats Up?
Archaeologists hit the jackpot earlier this month, when they discovered naval ships in the Black Sea. Located just off the Crimean shore, the ships were used by allied forces during the Crimean War of 18531856. As the story goes, ships of the French, British and the Ottoman Empire armies sunk during The Great Storm of 14 November 1854. With the discovery of eight vessels, scientists have been able to confirm the legend.
Only 100 -200 metres from the shore, the ships are scattered among a stretch of seabed between the area of Novofedorivka and the city of Yevpatoria. Specifically, the famous French corvette Pluto and the battleship Henry the 4th are among the finds, giving Ukrainian as well as international historians alike a few more clues about the war.


Gas Agreements - Whats Up?
In a gas war that has had Russia and Ukraine at loggerheads over the past few months, Ukraines Naftogas and Russias Gazprom seem to have kissed and made up for now. According to the Minister of Energy and Coal of Ukraine Eduard Stavytsky, the two companies have reached a compromise on a new payment schedule for Russian gas supplies to Ukraine. The reached agreements enable Ukraine to pay in a timely manner for the received natural resources under the new schedule. The compromise will also meet the needs of all of our partners, said Stavytsky.


A bit of Ukraine in Torrevieja - Whats Up?
Ukraine becomes a little more well-known this month with a street named in its honour. Youll find the road in the little southern Spanish city of Torrevieja.
This is the first such street named after Ukraine in Spain, and its all thanks to local NGO Association of Ukrainians in Torrevieja in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Holodomor.


A Football Fiasco - Whats Up?
There was massive interest both at home and abroad in the most recent play-off match between France and Ukraine played at Olimpiyskiy Stadium on Friday 15 November. After the majority of tickets were sold over the Internet, well in advance of game-day, fans lined up early last week, to see if they might be able to snag one or two of the last 3,000.


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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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