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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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Longer and cooler nights are already driving those who enjoyed partying outside indoors into Kyivs clubs. Established city clubs are already prepping themselves for the influx and getting ready to host their biggest parties of the winter but in addition to golden oldies there are a few new kids on the club scene block. Whats On checks them out.

Its cold, its hot, its cold again the weather over these last few weeks is almost as bad as your last girlfriend. Dont take it lying down get out there and get back on your feet. Need a little help to get you going? Try one of these fall soups to warm your gullet.

Ukraine has already secured 13 berths to XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi scheduled for 723 February 2014, 11 for biathlon (five men and six women) and two for figure skating (one each for ice dance and womens singles) with qualification in other sports still to be held. One athlete with his sights set on securing the ice dance spot is reigning Ukrainian champion 23-year-old figure skater Dmytro Dun from Kharkiv with his California-born partner Siobhan Heekin-Canedy. We speak to Dun to share about his expectations of the upcoming games and his success.

Winter can take its toll on both body and soul. So, to meet spring and the warmer months in peak condition theres no better way to rub out the memory of winter aches and pains than with massage. Whats On gives you a master class courtesy of Mimosa Mobile Spa-salon, which comes right to our office to show the benefits of a good rub-down can be experienced anywhere. Massage-master Nino Kardava lets her fingers do the talking. 
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Love is in the air. Or maybe you just wish it was. Valentines Day gifts can help resolve that problem, but its a day thats as much romantic as its commercialised and retailers will do their best to cash in on your ardour. Sure, you can rush from one store to another to find a gift to express the intensity of your feelings, but cliché gifts are not ideal. Sometimes the best way to woo is with something more personal. Whats On has an idea, that you might thank us for later!

Ukropoly, more than just a game. Rather, a game of wits between the good people of Ukraine and the government. Will you win? Not if those who have been playing for decades have anything to do with it as the name states, its a game of monopoly and thievery (to steal = ukrasty in Ukrainian). Play if you dare!

The Doomsday industry has reaped a fortune in Hollywood and across the world, and we couldnt help but contribute, if only a little. In what could be one of our last issues, the staff here at Whats On want to say thanks for reading, and offer you our thoughts on what could well be the end of the world

As winter descends on Kyiv and its inhabitants seek warmth in scarves, hats and gloves, Whats On has a better idea for warding off the cold. We head to b-Hush at the Intercontinental Hotel to learn the best winter-warmer cocktail recipes. Here, we present four of them for you to make at home. These beverages are bound to make you feel toastier, and possibly even a little toasted.
Meet Zhenya Kirichok, barman extraordinaire! Thanks to him, I am sitting on the 11th floor of this beautiful building, getting pointers on how to make some of the best concoctions of the season. Faithfully testing all of his potations, I would be lying if those tips didnt turn me a little tip-sy

What are the life goals of the average Ukrainian (or perhaps more appropriately Kyiv) woman? Does she want a career with all of the perks or does having a family, with children afoot, pull at the heartstrings? We get two women, with contrasting opinions about life in the capital, to come in, sit down, and battle it out (as democratically as possible of course!)


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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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