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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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Ukraine History
Kyiv cathedrals offer a plethora of fresco paintings which are not only beautiful to look at, but as many date back almost 1,000 years, viewing them is like taking a trip back in time. The art of fresco painting is thought to have been brough to the region by the ancient Greeks, and so you might be surprised to know, there's frescos in Ukraine even older.

This week, Ukraine will commemorate the life of one of the countrys most reputed historical figures. Often referred to as the great Poet, the great Prophet and Kobzar of the people, the death of Taras Shevchenko on 10 March 1861 150 years ago left a lasting impression. While most will know of the powerful lyricism inherent in all of his written works, he was also a gifted artist and humanist.

Soviet holidays, such as the day that celebrates Kyivs liberation from Germany or commemoration of the Great October Revolution, have been making a comeback here in Kyiv. And with its main street Khreshchatyk all decked out in hammers and sickles for this years New Year celebrations, Whats On thought we would take a look at those who are not only stirring up the old Soviet pot but colouring it red.
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In November of this year, the Kyiv metropolitan will celebrate its 50th anniversary. With such a celebration ay the forefront, Whats On stopped to take a deep look at Kyivs esteemed underground.
Marble walls, huge chandeliers and beautiful mosaic compositions: this is what awaits you in many of Kyivs metro stations. While some are certainly more grandiose than others, they are all quite well kept, and Kyiv is generally acknowledged as having one of the cleanest and most artistic subways in all of Europe.

For Eastern Europe, the war began 22 June 1941. It would be the largest stage of war the world had ever seen and will be notoriously remembered for its unprecedented ferocity, destruction, and the vast loss of life. But besides the number of casualties - over one third of the total, many of them civilians - WWII also resulted in the rise of the Soviet UNI0N as a military and industrial superpower.

When I first met up with Independent Ukraines first and only man to have ever experienced space, I was quite amazed. Once a major-general of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, he has also been decorated as a Hero of Ukraine for his space exploration expertise. And having just come in from a 10km cross-country run, which he says he does religiously every morning, he is full of energy that just boils over at every chance. Remembering his past adventures and revealing his hopes for the future, Leonid Kadenyuk is a great example to all 59 year olds out there.

Hryhoriy Skovoroda was a wise man and an outcast. His thoughts were considered insane and inappropriate and his writings were published only after his death.
Perhaps Hryhoriy was too clever for his time as most people didnt understand or support his views on life; which also suggests why the philosopher was frequently let go from the Universities and schools that employed him. And yet, the thing that mattered most to him was knowledge: its acquisition and its sharing of it. And despite being an outcast, Skovoroda yet remains today, the first philosopher of the Russian Empire for all times and for all nations.

Nowadays, the Zaporizhska Sich is more a symbolic part of our Ukrainian past than a place of foregone battles. It was an island on the Dnipro River which was, at one time, the centre of all cultural and military activity during the XVI century and became one of the only regions interested in trying to unite those who would fight for the independence of this country.
The birth of the Zaporizhska Sich dates back to 1530 when the Cossacks, crowded by Lithuanian and Polish landowners from the one side and Tatar and Turkish invaders from the other, began assembling in the Zaporizhian region.

9 November, Day of the Inventor, is set aside every year to pay homage to all of those whose brains were wired just a little bit different from the everyday person, and to offer a small nod of thanks for changing our lives. It is also to acknowledge all of you up and coming scientists, researchers, testers, and inventors: we wouldnt have made it thus far without you. Here are some of those clever boys from around our parts betcha some of these will make you go hmmm

Captured and then recaptured many times over, Lviv has been the unfortunate site of many battles and sieges becoming a part of numerous different states and empires. Poland, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Austrian and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire as well as the Soviet UNI0N have all made quite successful attempts at her capture. But there is one that stands out; one that, to succeed, required sovereignty and so struggling to remain the West Ukrainian Peoples Republic, the Battle of Lviv was fought for six long months.
With archaeological evidence supporting the possibility that the area of Lviv had been occupied since as early as 5th century AD, the city itself was founded in 1256 by King Danylo of the Ruthenian Duchy of Galicia-Volhynia (a principality of post-Kievan Rus) who named it after his son, Lev.


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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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