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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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Special Feature

In August, the entire former Soviet UNI0N seems to shut down as everyone heads out on holiday. Kyivs as sleepy as a small town and theres nothing to do but join the vacationing hordes. If youve not booked yet, and youre wondering where to go, heres some ideas that might help.
When I was assigned the task of writing up an article about overseas summer holiday destinations I left the editorial meeting frustrated, feeling miserable about writing a piece about holidays while I sat in a stuffy office searching the Internet for top destinations. But things turned out okay in the end.


Whether shes a screen legend, pop star, beauty queen, entrepreneur, political spouse, or prime minister of a major European country, shes probably somebodys mother. And, of course, her kids love her. As Mothers Day approaches in this part of the world, we tracked down some celebrities children to ask them how they feel about their dear old mums.


As its Womens Day this week, we thought we would give you the Whats On definitive guide to the Ukrainian women who have made the biggest impact in their own personal spheres over the last year. From politics to business, art to literature, the sisters have been doing it for themselves, and doing it well!


Why is the New Year, and not Christmas, the tree-and-gift holiday in Ukraine? Whats On explains it all for you.
Its with a bit of pleasant disorientation that the greenhorn ex-pat learns about the New Year traditions in the former Soviet UNI0N. Wait a second now. The trimmed pine tree, with the boxes under it, goes up not for Christmas, but for New Years Eve? Which, it turns out, is also when the magical old bearded guy brings the presents? And the old guys named not Santa Claus, but Grandfather Frost? And hes got a female companion, possibly his granddaughter, named Snegurochka (Snow Maiden)? Whats going on here? As is often the case when trying to explain some local phenomenon, look to the Soviets.


Best intentions aside, humans are human, and we often don't carry through on the plans we make in January for the upcoming year. Then it's suddenly the last half of December and you're finding you haven't done much of what you planned to do at all,


It might not be the most high-profile holiday on the calendar, but 24 October is United Nations day, marking the day in 1945 when the UN Charter entered into force. Ukraine, an original member, was one of the first countries to sign the Charter


A Rough Guide to Kyiv Property, Region by Region

 Ukraine is fast becoming as famous for its sky-rocketing property market as it for the Orange Revolution and the Klitschko boxing brothers, with real estate prices quite capable of jumping by 10% or more in the space of a single month. Many people have been tempted to take the plunge and invest in this seemingly win-win market, but with so much on offer and thousands of different agents and brokers looking to make that sale, what should the discerning would-be property magnate be looking for, and more importantly, where should they try to buy their new apartment? Whats On looks at the pitfalls of the market and offers an overview of the Ukrainian capitals real estate market options, region by region. 

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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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