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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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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

A good friend of mine, Lora, usually meets up with me after another one of her unsuccessful relationships has ended. During the last month she’s changed boyfriends four times, and her friends have started confusing their names – it’s not easy keeping track of what’s going on in her love life. Usually she thinks all the coming and going is fun, but this time she seemed to have found herself in the wrong boat. “I can’t believe he didn’t tell me he was about to get married,” she exclaimed. “Oh, dear,” I said. I couldn’t keep myself from laughing, since Lora never could tell the difference between the truth and a lie, and men had a tendency to benefit from her weakness. “Where did you find him?” “We met on a picnic,” she said, looking per− plexed. “Then we spent a couple of days out on his boat. Our relationship just started up naturally, and I really liked him. He also said he loved me.” “He said what?” I cried, shocked at how simple Lora could be sometimes. “But you’d only known him a couple of days!


Win a fabulous day out for you and three of your friends courtesy of Mimoza Mobile Spa! It is week six of our fabulous competition which will culminate just be− fore Christmas in one lucky winner and three of their friends having a fine day out in a Senator Apartment (www.senator−apartments.com) rounded off with an evening of ultimate pampering when the highly professional team of therapists at Mimoza will join you to give you manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. All you have to do is sit back with your friends, sip on champagne, and the team will lull you into a luxury of relaxation. Every week from now until Christmas we invite our readers to email us photographs of them− selves relaxing. The most creative and humourous photo will be published in the next issue of What’s On, and the lucky winner will receive a free massage from Mimoza where−ever and whenever they wish.


Some friends of mine and I met up for an all−girl get−together recently – a ladies’ night. It turned out to be a surprising evening, as one friend showed us a completely new side. But such things happen when you discuss controversial topics under the influence of Champagne. The topic was feminism, which we all support, but the fact is that when girls fall in love they get a little crazy, and try to keep the men they’ve landed as far from other women as possible. Sisterhood goes out the window, and they start looking at things differently. So − are men and women really equal? I’ve never had any doubts about that – I believe men and women are different, and not really equal. Or maybe it’s better to put it as eighteenth−cen− tury French diplomat Talleyrand did when he quipped, “Women have equal rights with men, but it’s in their interest not to use them.” Marina kicked things off by emptying her glass and declaring, “There are no real men around anymore.” She waited for our reaction, but we didn’t quite know where she was going with this. “You’re all really great,” she continued, “and you shouldn’t let your boyfriends boss you around so much. You’re your own people, and you should act like it.”


Win a fabulous day out for you and three of your friends courtesy of Mimoza Mobile Spa! It is week five of our fabulous competition which will culminate just before Christmas in one lucky winner and three of their friends hav− ing a fine day out in a Senator Apartment (www.senator−apartments. com) rounded off with an evening of ultimate pampering when the highly professional team of therapists at Mimoza will join you to give you manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. All you have to do is sit back with your friends, sip on champagne, and the team will lull you into a luxury of relaxation. Every week from now until Christmas we invite our readers to email us photographs of them− selves relaxing.


Recently I ran into a good friend of mine whom I hadn’t seen for ages, and it turned out that a lot had changed in her life. For one thing, her affair with a guy who all of her friends thought was an ideal partner for her had ended. But what could she do? He’d dumped her and she felt horrible. On the rebound, she started dat− ing a guy who’d claimed to have fallen in love with her the moment he’d seen her. Needless to say, maybe, she didn’t have real deep feel− ings about this latest boyfriend. “I thought this new relationship would distract me from focusing on my former boyfriend,” she told me, obviously in a bad mood. I answered, “You should have known how it would turn out, and that your real feelings would eventually come out. You should have thought twice – the fact is, you probably shouldn’t be dating any− one right now.” Her answer was that she couldn’t be alone at the moment – it was just too painful. Obviously, it’s really important to feel loved in those miser− able days after you’ve been dumped, but the fact is that when you’re dating someone you don’t really like, the only emotion you’re capa− ble of feeling for him or her is pity. A couple of days later we met again for lunch at a restau− rant here in Kyiv. While we were talking she no− ticed her phone ringing, and seeing it was the new boyfriend she switched it off. “Why don’t you answer?” I wondered. “Because I’m fed up with him already,” she said. “Then why don’t you break up with him?” “Out of pity, what else? He loves me so much. And I’m so selfish. I only think about myself. I should be grateful that he likes me so much. I’m a horrible person.” It’s an interesting question, how to thank some− one for loving you. The 18th−century French writer Antoine de Rivarol said, “If the fools only knew how heartsick we are because of them, they’d pity us!” What’s ridiculous is that people feel obliged to stay with people they don’t like anymore, just so as not to cause them pain. But the pain just gets worse and worse the lon− ger a false relationship goes on. I think it used to be much more common to stick with a bad relationship, in accordance with the idea that there’s something noble in self−sacrifice. But all that really happens is that you make every− one unhappy, yourself first of all. You wake up with a pain in the pit of your stomach, thinking about how miserable your life has become. Our happiness is in our own hands, and we’ve got to protect it. The funniest thing about my friend’s whole situ− ation was that when she finally gently broke up with her boyfriend, telling him that she had nothing but respect for his love and pity for his unhappiness, he said something interesting. “Love is very much like pity, sweetheart, so we can look ahead to a perfect relationship.”

By Anastasiya Skorina


Win a fabulous day out for you and three of your friends courtesy of Mimoza Mobile Spa! It is week four of our fabulous competition which will culminate just before Christmas in one lucky winner and three of their friends hav− ing a fine day out in a Senator Apartment (www.senator−apartments. com) rounded off with an evening of ultimate pampering when the highly professional team of therapists at Mimoza will join you to give you manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. All you have to do is sit back with your friends, sip on champagne, and the team will lull you into a luxury of relaxation. Every week from now until Christmas we invite our readers to email us photographs of them− selves relaxing. The most creative and humourous photo will be published in the next issue of What’s On, and the lucky winner will receive a free massage from Mimoza where−ever and whenever they wish. Just before Christmas we will select the best overall photo, and he or she will win this amazing day out. This week’s winning photo comes from Michael Burningham who sent is this picture of Galyna Bugaychuk fishing for mackeral, and fishing is al− ways relaxing. For his efforts, Michael wins a free massage from Mimoza at his home or workplace and will now be entered into the Grand Final. If you want to see yourself here next week and be in with a chance of winning the ultimate chillout session for you and your friends just before Christ− mas, get sending those photos now!


Surfing the Internet the other day I stumbled across a quote: “The most difficult thing to cure is love at first sight.” That struck me as having a ring of truth to it, but the cynicism at the core of the sentiment rubbed me the wrong way. So I decided to run it past some friends of mine, forwarding it to Max, Lora and my boyfriend. The latter was the first to reply, obviously a little startled – it’s possible he thought that I wanted to ‘cure’ myself of him. “Darling, our relation− ship should be an example to other people,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be cured.” Max simply insisted he doesn’t believe in love at first sight. And Lora called me after a while and we had an hour’s chat about the subject. “I fall in love at first sight all the time,” she lamented. “It’s a bad habit and there’s not much I can do about it. One thing I do know, though, is that affairs like that burn out really fast.” “Don’t be so pessimistic, Lora,” I blurted out, thinking of my new relationship. “There are as many ways to fall in love as there are people.”


Win a fabulous day out for you and three of your friends courtesy of Mimoza Mobile Spa! It is week three of our fabulous competition which will culminate just before Christmas in one lucky winner and three of their friends hav− ing a fine day out in a Senator Apartment (www.senator−apartments. com) rounded off with an evening of ultimate pampering when the highly professional team of therapists at Mimoza will join you to give you manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. All you have to do is sit back with your friends, sip on champagne, and the team will lull you into a luxury of relaxation.


Some days ago on Sofiyivska Ploscha a hun− dred couples officially tied the knot. The event no doubt made Ukrainian mothers weep wher− ever they were. A wedding is always touching, and getting married sometimes seems like it’s the most important choice you can make in life. “Girls usually have all these dreams about how marriage is just the beginning,” my friend Lora said to me, looking particularly dreamy. “And men are usually sure it’s the end,” I added, laughing. However, that’s not always true: a lot of men are very happy getting married. We start− ed talking about what it is that compels men to propose to women, and how love develops. “Kyiv isn’t the sort of place that makes people fall in love”, Lora said. “Why?” I asked. “Be− cause when you live here you’re influenced by so many things – your job, the people around you, your obligations and responsibilities.


Win a fabulous day out for you and three of your friends courtesy of Mimoza Mobile Spa! It is week two of our fabulous competition which will culminate just before Christmas in one lucky winner and three of their friends hav− ing a fine day out in a Senator Apartment (www.senator−apartments. com) rounded off with an evening of ultimate pampering when the highly professional team of therapists at Mimoza will join you to give you manicures, pedicures, facials and massages. All you have to do is sit back with your friends, sip on champagne, and the team will lull you into a luxury of relaxation. Every week from now until Christmas we invite our readers to email us photographs of them− selves relaxing. The most creative and humourous photo will be published in the next issue of What’s On, and the lucky winner will receive a free massage from Mimoza where−ever and whenever they wish. Just before Christmas we will select the best overall photo, and he or she will win this amazing day out.



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Ukraine Truth
Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t 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 – children’s 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. What’s 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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