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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 46 (2013)

46 (2013)/2013
13 December - 19 December Fighting for the Country

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From The Editor (46) - Editorial
There are so many things wrong with what is happening in the country right now, exacerbated only by the greed of the majority of the current government: the beatings, all of them from the attack on students on the morning of 30 November to the horrendous use of force during what was a peaceful protest on 1 December;


This Week in History - Whats Up?
19 December 1666
During the Polish-Cossack-Tatar war, Zaporozhe Cossacks fight the army of Rech Pospolita (Poland) in the Brailiv Battle that takes place in present-day Vinnytsa region. The Polish troops are ultimately defeated by the allied forces of Ukrainian Cossacks under Hetman Petro Doroshenko and the Tatars. The Brailiv victory is the first step in enabling Hetman Doroshenko to take control over the whole region.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Dva koty v odnomy mishku ne pomyryatsya
Two cats in one bag will never get along.
Its a Ukrainian proverb similar to the English-language idiom two dogs fighting over a bone. Basically, it pits two equally strong rivals pursuing the same interests against each other, neither of whom will give up, and like cats, they will fight for their territory to the bitter end, often resulting in no winner at all...

A Little Rose-Coloured Love - Whats Up?
Ex-Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili made a visit to the Ukrainian capital over the weekend, where he was sure to stop and say a few words on stage at EuroMaidan. With Ukrainian opposition leaders Vitali Klychko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk by his side, the leader of Georgias 2003 Rose Revolution greeted Ukrainian demonstrators on Saturday 7 December, saying, Hello Ukraine!


Rumours and Self-Promotion - Whats Up?
One thing that has deeply saddened us here at Whats On over the past couple of weeks is the number of dangerous rumours that have circulated, and the amount of people attempting to use these very difficult times to grandstand and self-promote.
Probably the worst case of both combined was when apparently seasoned Economist editor Edward Lucas tweeted last Friday that Yanukovych had signed a deal with Putin. After posting this tweet on Facebook, he then commented a correction stating the deal had not been signed, but discussed only, However, as his irresponsible tweet gained momentum he removed the correction and defended his statements.


Say Goodbye to Lenin - Whats Up?
The 2003 German tragicomedy Goodbye Lenin replayed here in Kyiv over the weekend, only with a much more tragic ending than that found in the movie tragic that is, if you are a supporter of the Bolshevik regime. Vladimir Illych Lenin, toppled from his place high atop a pedestal at the bottom of Blvd Shevchenko.


Creative Kyiv - Whats Up?
The creativity of people in Kyiv and beyond continues to climb with various images, clips and now cartoons circulating in the capital and online. But you dont even have to be a resident of Ukraine to enjoy taking the piss out of the president, as evidenced by this clip by Taiwanese animators showing Viktor Yanukovych, or Yanukowichi as he is called in the cartoon, petting his kangaroo, and being called Czar.


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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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