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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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Competitions
Weve got a couple of regular contributors to the Whats On: Read All Over the World competition to start us off this week: Borys Shalov and his wife (and photographer all in one) Iryna Kyrychenko. Their travels to Montenegro took them to the coastal town of Kotor, an old medieval bastion and now UNESCO world heritage site. Just below is the Church of Our Lady of Health in the Old Town.

Polina Rusnyak
Age: 19
Occupation: looking for myself
Polinas story: I am from Dniprodzerzhynsk. By profession, I am a dental technician, but unfortunately it is not my favourite job, as I was forced to choose because of family circumstances. My dream is to work in film and television, and for this I moved to Kyiv recently. I am a very purposeful, cheerful, active girl. Back at home I played for the handball team GK Dnipro and won the championship in 2008. I have also worked in the theatre, and will soon try a new role for me: Snow Maiden in a New Year fairytale. I love to travel, but have so far only visited different cities in my country. I would really like to see different countries - I love discovering new and unknown things. I especially love the extreme and want to take as much as possible from life.

The North American continent hosted Whats On and Natalia Yarova earlier this year when she took a trip to Washington DC. She seemed especially impressed, upon visiting the National Mall, that Abraham Lincoln wanted to learn more about the Ukrainian capital. She even left a copy behind to help keep him occupied on the slower days.

Iana Zinovieva
Age: 23
Occupation: PR Manager Radisson Blu
Ianas story: I am originally from Ternopil. For the last six years of my life I have lived in the capital and now I consider Kyiv my hometown. I love the Golden Gate subway station; this area has always been my little peaceful harbour, and therefore it is no surprise that among all the streets in town, my most beloved is Honchara. All of my friends make fun of me because I have been working in this area during all the time I have lived in Kyiv; companies change but not the location. Among my hobbies I would name two I love travelling and writing poetry. The first is for broadening my horizons, the second for expressing myself. My life credo is a very simple prayer: God, give me strength to change things that I can, give me patience for those that I cant, and give me wisdom to separate one from another.

By almost unanimous vote, our winner for the month of November couldnt be more timely: its Elena Petulko joining protestors on Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey during the protests of early June. She joins the rest of our winners in the sky care of Whats On and Ukraine International Airlines congratulations!

Our travels this week begin in Sicily, where Taras Shutka and friends had a fine time driving in and around the entire Italian province in search of Mount Etna. Driving 2,000 metres up, they found her! After which, they put the car in park, and then took the funicular up another 600 metres, careful not to anger her, for fear she might erupt at any moment!
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Olesya  Perepust
Age: 26
Occupation: Dancer with the Virsky National State Ensemble of Ukrainian Dance
Olesyas story: I have been dancing since I was eight-years-old. I am happy that my work is my hobby and it brings me a lot of pleasure and happiness. I like travelling and learning foreign languages. My dream is to visit as many countries as possible, explore this world and its culture in order to have a lot of memories when Im old!

We head to London, England, on our first touchdown around the world this week with the intelligent and intellectual Olena Zhabenko. Educating herself at Oxfords Summer School, she went on to educate us about Tower Bridge a truly iconic image in the British capital.

Yaroslava Kosenko
Age: 30
Occupation: Jewellery designer, wife and mother of a little girl
Yaroslavas story: Im so happy I live in Kyiv. It was my dream for 20 years to return to the place where I was born. So, Im here, and even in the bad times I ask myself: Why you are so sad? Look around; you are in the city of your dreams! And it always works! Here I have found myself my work, my business, my friends, my love, my family. I am a real Kyiv city girl.

There is no better time to get away with the weather turning from bad to worse. Just make sure you pack a copy of Whats On with you: youre going to need it when you come across that fabulous landmark wherever you happen to be. From then on, you know the drill: snap a shot, send it in, and wait for your entry to appear on these pages. Should your photo fit all the criteria originality, creativity and the most interesting landmark you may be our winner that month. Good luck and have fun!


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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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