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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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45 (2013)/2013
6 December - 12 December
Kyivs Best Yolka Yet

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From The Editor (45) - Editorial
It was Monday evening when I sat down to write my editorial this week. Silence pervaded the office, the hallways, even the streets seemed unusually quiet, which was strange considering what had happened on the same street just the day before. Monitoring the situation on Maidan all day, a calm seemed to have engulfed the city, despite residents having taken over Kyiv City Hall, blockading city streets and reports of a fire just breaking out at the other end of Khreshchatyk. It all felt rather surreal.
The sensation was no different Sunday night, as I lay in my bed considering all that we had done and witnessed earlier that day: it was the March on Kyiv, dubbed EuroMaidan, where hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets, demonstrating for freedom, democracy and a future untainted by the lies and corruption of a devious but dying government.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
12 December 1674
The Kyiv Pechersk Lavra publishes Synoposis the first short review of Ukraines history from ancient times to the mid-17th century. It is written by Innokentiy Gizel and used as a school history manual until the early 19th century.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Ni kroku nazad, pozadu mutant!
Hold your ground, a mutan lurks behind!
The story of last weeks demonstration-inspired language tutorial continues with another witty motto invented by EuroMaidan activists, who have explicitly expressed their wish to steps forward and be with Europe, especially since a mutant in the form of a two-headed eagle lurks behind...

Putin: Few Cards Shy of a Deck - Whats Up?
Russian President Vladimir Putin really does live in his own little world. Sitting in his big chair in the Kremlin, in what he no doubt believes is the centre of the universe, his grip on reality seems to be slipping.
Back in 2005, when he called the collapse of the Soviet UNI0N the biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century, we couldnt help but chuckle.


Whats On Top 10 EuroMaidan Stupid Moves by the Government - Whats Up?
1. Azarovs promise of a full investigation into the Berkuts violence on Maidan. Does that mean you do not already know the names of the thugs who beat those peaceful protesters? Does that mean you dont know the chain of command? Does that mean the chain of command doesnt reach the very top? Actually, sending the Berkut into Maidan at all has to be the stupidest thing, because the whole thing might have died down had you not. Thanks for that!


EuroMaidan Key Players - Whats Up?
Mykola Azarov
Sexist, Russophile, 65-year-old prime minister of Ukraine and voice in Yanukovychs head. Supporter of former president Leonid Kuchma, his nose belongs stuck to the bottom of just about anyone with a seedy past. His response to the current situation? This has all the signs of a coup....


What Does Your Future Hold? - This Week
Fortune-telling and Divination of the Ancient Slavs (winter festivities), Kyivska Rus Park (Kopachiv Village, Obukhiv district 34km from Kyiv), 78 December at 13.00
Our ancestors knew a thing or two about how to have fun, even during wintertime. And it wasnt all about eating, drinking, sleighing, skiing and making snowmen. Centuries ago, winter festivities included intricate and mysterious rituals, such as fortune-telling and prediction.


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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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