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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 5 (2014)

5 (2014)/2014
14 February - 20 February
Pucks, Sticks and Helmets
The ins and outs of hockey in Ukraine

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From The Editor (5) - Editorial
I met up with tens of thousands of like-minded friends on Maidan the other weekend. We wore blue and yellow ribbons, we sang songs, we shouted at the current powers that be, some of us even carried umbrellas in support of what was one of the only independent television channels in Russia being cut off. Then we listened to the various faces of EuroMaidan as they took to the stage.
Ihor Lutsenko activist, kidnapped from the hospital by unknown assailants, beaten, tortured, and left for dead: The government cannot intimidate the people with the kidnapping and torture of activists.
Oleksiy Haran Professor of Kyiv Mohyla: As a political scientist, I see no reason to accept the new government of Yanukovych after his trip to Sochi to discuss its composition with Putin.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
15 February 1952
The first volume of the complete set of works by well-known Ukrainian literary pioneer Ivan Kotlyarevsky is published by the then Shevchenko Ukrainian Language Institute. The second volume is issued a year later.


Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Peredayemo za proyizd!
Pay up!
This is a well-known phrase used by local drivers of route buses, also known as marshrutkas, asking passengers to pay the fare to ride. Basically, passengers hand over (in chain order) the cash, and wait (if necessary) for their change (in chain order). It can prove rather humorous at rush hour.

EU Still at Deep Concern - Whats Up?
The EU has been working behind the scenes where Ukraine is concerned in recent months, and it looks like thats how they will continue to work after Foreign Ministers of EU states gathered on 10 February. Throwing a sharp rebuke President Viktor Yanukovychs way, the European UNI0N wants a new government and constitutional reform.


A petition for WHAT? - Whats Up?
Anyone from anywhere can go to the White House website and start a petition, and on 10 and 11 February, one such petition was flooded with support from people concerned for the law enforcement officers of Ukraine who are, poor lambs, dealing with mass riots in the country.
Once any petition exceeds 100,000 signatures the White House is duty-bound to look at the matter, and no doubt with a little help from people in darkened rooms signing multiple times (the same as how they think any voting works really) this threshold was easily surpassed.


What do Russians Think? - Whats Up?
According to All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), 73% of Russians are watching the situation in Ukraine, with almost half (45%) believing that the protests have been provoked by Western special services and only 5% thinking protestors are driven by the desire for change. Looks like Putins media moguls are doing their job.

Kuchma Speaks Out - Whats Up?
In an interview with Interfax Ukraine, former President Kuchma has voiced his support for a return to the 2004 constitution, calling into question the legality of the introduction by Yanukovych of the 1996 constitution. In fact, "the 2004 constitution was a mechanism of protection against centralisation and concentration of power turning into an autocracy and then into a dictatorship, Kuchma said, before finishing: Its necessary to correct a serious legal error, or rather the non-legal way the constitution of 1996 was brought back.


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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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