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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.

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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.

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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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Whats Up?
1 March 1564
Ivan Fedorov, founder of typography in Russia and Ukraine, together with Peter Mstyslavets, publishes the first printed book Apostle. Only 60 original copies out of 1,200 have survived to date they are kept in various museums and libraries worldwide.

Initiated by the absolute disregard displayed to the protestors of EuroMaidan by the current government, clashes kicked off again in Kyiv against protestors and armed Ministry of Interior officers, Berkut, and titushky on Tuesday 18 February.

When violence once again erupted in Kyivs capital on 18 February, one of the first public statements from the diplomatic community came via Twitter from US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. He said:



State-supported television channel Rossiya 1 took a break from regular coverage of the Olympics on 17 February to do what their forefathers did before them sow a little anti-American hatred into the hearts of millions of Russians. Sadly unsubtle, it was 85-minute film The Biochemistry of Treason that took the attention away from what has been touted as Putins baby, placing the United States front and centre of all of Russias woes.

Overheard conversation: Do not accept oral orders. If you receive oral orders tell them you will only accept orders in writing. If you receive written orders respond in writing saying you will not comply with the orders as we do not recognise the authority of the government to issue such orders.

Hell has no fury like a woman scorned and that proved to be the case on 18 February as tensions inside Ukraines Rada ran almost as high as those outside on the streets of Kyiv.
Svoboda MP Irina Farions target was the Party of Regions Yuriy Samoilenko and she quickly got the better of her much larger opponent knocking him to the floor according to reports. What prompted the fracas is unknown, but reports did note Farion was the aggressor.

It is a sad fact that Ukraines mining safety record is amongst the worst in the world. Mining is a tough and dangerous job anywhere, but in other places where safety procedures are put in place, and followed, where mines are invested in by their owners, where human life is valued, the death tolls and injury rates are significantly reduced.

Contradicting Putins previous statement that Ukraine would not receive the next tranche of the $15 billion loan agreed with Yanukovych until the Ukrainian president had quashed the protests and stabilised the country, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov announced on 18 February that Russia would buy a further $2 billion in Eurobonds within the week.
Could it be they knew there was going to be a crackdown..?

Oberezhno, dveri zachynyayutsia!
Mind the closing doors!
A very useful phrase for those commuting by metro. When you hear it, you know the drill stand back! Should you refuse to take heed you will undoubtedly be accosted by a heavyset woman in her 40s who will give you what for!

27 February 1494
Great Lithuanian Prince Alexander grants the Magdeburg Rights to Kyiv, resulting in the citys autonomy. The Right is cancelled by decree of Tsar Nikolas I in 1835.


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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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