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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 44 (2013)

44 (2013)/2013
29 November - 5 December A President for the People...

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From The Editor (44) - Editorial
They say that change starts with one person. That just one person has the ability to affect the world for the better. If you believe that, then you were very likely one of the hundreds of thousands on any one of the dozens of EuroMaidans around the world this past week, affecting change, with nothing more than your presence.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
1 December 2004
During the Orange Revolution, the Verkhovna Rada passes a resolution that strongly condemns pro-separatist actions and passes a non-confidence vote in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, a decision then Prime Minister Victor Yanukovych refuses to recognise. By the Constitution of Ukraine, the non-confidence vote mandates the governments resignation, but the Parliament has no means to enforce a resignation without the co-operation of Prime Minister Yanukovych and outgoing President Leonid Kuchma.


This just in... - Whats Up?
As we go to print, according to Interfax-Ukraine, Kyivs District Administrative Court has accepted for consideration a lawsuit filed by the European Party of Ukraine seeking the invalidation of the government decree suspending the preparations for signing the Association Agreement with the European UNI0N (No905-r). According to a photocopy of the court decision and the summons, the first hearing of the case will be held on 10 December. Lets see, Ukraine, lets see.

Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Komu v zhopu, a nam v Evropu!
Kiss my a**, were going to Europe!
A rude yet well-phrased motto of Ukraines FEMEN activists, and absolutely justifiable under the present circumstances, especially considering we saw a fabulous placard replacing Komu with Yanukovych this past weekend.

Azarov Not Afraid of Protestors - Whats Up?
While a large portion of the country was out protesting on Sunday 24 November against Yanukovych and his givernment's decision to turn their backs on the EU deal against the will of the people, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, according to a report on the Unian website, was on Russian TV telling the people there he was not afraid of the demonstrators in Kyiv.


Around-the-World Support for Ukraine - Whats Up?
Despite the President and his government's decision to turn their back on the EU last week, hundreds of thousands of people around the world gathered to show their support over the past weekend, and stand by those who were on the streets here in Ukraine.
Rallies were held in the largest cities of Norway Bergen and Oslo, where people wore Ukrainian flags like capes and held placards in support of Ukraines European integration.


Still Welcome - Whats Up?
According to Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Catherine Ashton, the European UNI0N will welcome the participation of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius on 2829 November, despite him being a total wanker. She was far more diplomatic and didnt actually use the word wanker.

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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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