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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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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32 (2007)/2007
7 September - 13 SeptemberAs Sweet as Zucchero
Italian rock Legend Zucchero hits Kyiv with his own brand of boogie blues.

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Happy Birthday Odessa - Picture Perfect

On 2 September Odessa celebrated its 213th anniversary with all sort of celebrations including a fabulous parachuting display in which the parachutists landed on Prymorsky Boulevard. The celebrations, however, were marked by controversy when a new statue of Catherine the Great was to be unveiled in the town, but the city council rather sensibly delayed the ceremony amid fears of protests from Ukrainian Cossacks who vehemently oppose the monument.

Political Leaders in Photo Opportunity - Whats Up?

It was Back to School day here in Ukraine on 1 September and the three main political leaders couldnt pass up the chance to use the day as a chance to try and lever some popularity by having their photos taken with school children throughout the land. The Cabinet of Ministers passed a new state programme ahead of 1 September which aims at introducing a number of innovative educational schemes in 5 regions of the country. With all this in mind, the party leaders went out into the land to do that thing so loved by politicians unabashed self−promotion. First up was Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych who attended a First Bell ceremony in secondary school number 2 in Yalta and the Ivan Franko Universal Scientific Library of the Republic of Crimea. What was rather frightening about the photos was that it was obvious the man has been spending hours in front of the mirror practising his smile as it is beginning to look somewhat natural and even a little endearing which is a gigantic leap for a man who many thought was incapable of that particular facial expression until recently.


A Return to the Cold War? - Whats Up?

Ties between Russia and the West have reached their lowest point since the collapse of the Soviet UNI0N in 1991. With Russian planes probing British, American and Canadian airspace at a rate not seen since the Cold War and the heated diplomatic battle over the poisoning of ex−KGB operative Litvinenko worsening every week, ties between Britain and Russia took another turn for the worse last week when a Russian activist expected to take over the sinister youth group with ties to the Kremlin warned that a harassment campaign against the British Ambassador in Moscow would be resumed if he showed any signs of support for opposition forces in the country.


Olympic Stadium Capacity Slashed for EURO 2008 Tie - Whats Up?

UEFA have demanded that the crowd capacity of the Olympic Stadium be slashed from 84,000 to just 41,500 for the forthcoming EURO 2008 tie against Italy on 12 September because of safety concerns. Following UEFA President Michel Platinis recent intervention in the rumbling row over the construction of a shopping mall and leisure complex in the vicinity of the stadium when he said it would have to be removed or the EURO 2012 final could not be staged there, UEFA are backing up their words with actions by demanding that less than half the normal capacity of the ground be allowed for the match against Italy. Such a strong stance should make city officials take notice and resolve the ongoing dispute over the construc− tion site before more serious action is taken.

Dynamo and Shakhtar Stroll into UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Whats Up?

Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk are through to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League after decisive wins against FK Sarajevo and FC Salzburg respectively. The Bosnia−Herzegovina champions, Sarajevo, hoped to be the first side from the country ever to reach the competition proper, but lost the first leg of their third qualifying round 1− 0 at home. Any hopes of comeback were dashed when Dynamo striker Ismael Bangoura scored after only 3 minutes and after that it was all over as Dynamo went on to secure a decisive 4−0 victory.


War Over Serpent Island Heats Up - Whats Up?

The diplomatic wrangling between Romania and Ukraine over the tiny Serpent Island reached a new level of animosity when Ukraine announced that elections would take place in Belyi village the tiny hamlet on the island which came into existence earlier this year as a direct result of the tussle. The battle arose when Romanian authorities declared in 2004 that as the island, which belongs to Ukraine, is uninhabited it has the status of a cliff and therefore Ukraine has no right to the large mineral deposits around the island. Romania notified the International Court of Justice that they intended to commence mining operations in the area. In response, Ukraine created the village of Belyi in an attempt to change the status of the island and wrestle the mineral rights away from Romania. To further enforce this position in the eyes of the ICJ, Ukraines Vice Premier Aleksandr Kuzmuk announced that elections will take place on the island. Romania has promised to respond to this statement through the usual diplomatic channels, but this did not prevent a crowd of nearly 4,000 demonstrators gathering outside the Romanian Embassy in Kyiv and pelting it with eggs. The ICJ is to decide on the delimitation of the territorial waters in the Black Sea between Ukraine and Romania by the end of 2008, and it will be interesting to see how the little town of Belyi will develop before then. Maybe it will have a cinema and a fast food restaurant before then.

Festival Honours the Great Gogol - Kyiv Culture

From September 7-14, Ukraines Gogol Festival will be held in Kyivs Mystetsky Arsenal. The contemporary arts festival is being organized by Vlad Troitskyi, who is wellknown for his successful Dakh and DakhaBrakha theatre and ethno-house musical projects. The event will include a number of art, theatre and musical projects related to the work of Nikolai Gogol, the Ukrainian-born writer who became one of the giants of Russian literature.


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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.

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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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