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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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31 January - 6 February

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From The Editor (3) - Editorial
Once upon a time there lived a greedy king who ruled a large and beautiful land. He lived in a beautiful castle with a roof of pure copper, a zoo with ostriches and kangaroos, an 18 -hole golf course, riding club, tennis court, bowling alley, shooting range, yacht club, 70 -car garage, and helicopter. The greedy king acquired all of these things by stealing from the people in the village below, and though he had everything he could ever want, the greedy king was selfish and wanted more.
The people who lived in the village on the other hand were poor but they were happy. They worked hard day in and day out, only to give what few kopecks they earned to the greedy king.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
4 February 1945
The Yalta Conference between The Allies UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US President Franklin Roosevelt and USSR leader Joseph Stalin, begins in the Livadia Palace near Yalta, Crimea. Its objectives: to discuss the re-establishment of nations in war-torn Europe.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Abo pan, abo propav!
Either you are a lord, or you are lost!
A well-timed proverb meaning every struggle has its point of no return when combatants must pluck up their courage, combine their effort, and win or lose, go the vole. Victory is impossible without risk.

Letter to the Editor - Whats Up?
This letter is in response to the articles covering the civil unrest occurring in Ukraine.
As a citizen of and believer in democracy, I applaud the efforts of the Ukrainian people. Their efforts are similar to what is happening in many other parts of the world.


Lukash? Lukash? Who the F**k is Lukash? - Whats Up?
A couple of months ago no one knew, but now shes trotted out on TV, looking like the Wicked Witch of the East every time something happens. On 27 January she was caught on camera saying if the protestors didnt leave her Ministry of Justice building, a state of emergency in the country would be declared. While just a day later, shes on again saying a state of emergency will not be considered in the Verkhovna Radas emergency session. Indeed, at this moment in time theres nothing but backpedalling going on up there.
We reckon she may even have superseded the big Yanu himself for the title of Most Hated Person in the Country. We can certainly think of several choice words for her, but were too polite to state them here.


EuroMaidan Death Toll - Whats Up?
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a police officer in Kherson has died after clashes with EuroMaidan protestors on 27 January. A statement from the Ministry accuses several students from the local high school of stabbing three men in uniforms, who may or may not be policemen, one fatally.
This is not the only fatality reported on the side of the police. On Friday 24 January, it was reported that a police officer in Kyiv was shot dead in the Golosiivsky region. Apparently, the 27-year-old was on his way back to the Berkut barracks when he received a fatal shot to the head. No one has been arrested.


Azarov Ciao - Whats Up?
President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet on 28 January. According to a decree on the presidential website, the cabinet will continue to work until a new government is formed.
In a YouTube clip released the same day, Azarov stated he was leaving his post as a peaceful solution to the conflict: The government has done everything for a peaceful solution of the conflict. Weve been doing everything not to let bloodshed occur, to prevent the violence escalating, not to have human rights infringed upon.


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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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