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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.


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.


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.


Take me out!
Like many elements of American culture, the “diner” has been exported across the globe. In the centre of Kyiv, caf?-diner Zheltok (yolk in English) has taken the concept, from the d?cor – with characteristic chrome accents, to the food – from hot dogs to hamburgers and infused it with a few Eastern European twists. It’s a fusion that works and elevates this place beyond the typical “greasy-spoon”.
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Pagans celebrated the end of winter, later Christians made the occasion their last chance to feast before lent, and it is a tradition that continues across Europe with Carnival. The Slavic world has its own tradition – Maslyana – celebrated during the week before the Great Lent – the most important fasting season of the year of the Orthodox Christian Church. The holiday is associated with the tradition to cook tasty dishes – pancakes, dumplings, cheesecakes, pies, and as Ukrainians are so wont to do – party.

When you have a young child, you don’t get the chance to go out with your wife much, so this time round I’m very happy it’s my turn to do the What’s On review, as it means Katya and I get an evening out. And I am even more happy that, having heard they’ve got a new chef who’s created a new menu, we’re doing Teatro in the Opera Hotel – a place I’ve always liked. I’m just hoping the new menu lives up to my expectations.

Love Is
Spiritual Treasures of Ukraine Museum (Desyatynya 12), 14–16 February 11.00?–22.00
Make love, not war! That’s the slogan of this next event Love Is, scheduled to take place here in Kyiv next weekend. Organisers don’t want to just flick on the positive switch, but to try and help make the world a better place in the process.

Ramada Encore (Stolychne Shose 103)
The specials at Ramada Encore’s DK restaurant for 14 February are, naturally, made with love. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart in an unforgettable atmosphere dining on a five course avant-garde meal, featuring the finest dishes including Black Angus beef, sea bass, ahi tuna, foie gras and tiger prawns.

Sweet Treats
Love is in the air – or is that tyre smoke? Either way, St Valentine’s Day is coming, and fast to the Ukrainian capital, and What’s On has got a list of sweet treats you’re significant other is going to love. Of course, you could just ignore this over-commercialised excuse to tell that special someone you love them. But with so many tasty treats on offer, why would you want to?

A Sense of D?j? Vu
It’s that uncanny sense that whatever you are experiencing right now has happened before – a feeling many of us have had before. Some say it’s good, others – it’s bad. To check whether we will get that feeling we visit a retro rock restaurant this week – Dejavu.

Roman goddess of love, beauty and sexuality, Venus is said to have been born from sea foam, the restaurant Pena (foam) seems to have been created likewise – it is hugely “sea-themed” from its ship-like interior to service and cuisine, rich in fish and seafood. One of the oldest Kozyrna Karta restaurants and its former flagship (in every sense of the word), Pena still maintains its style and individuality while offering a wide variety of trendy Mediterranean, Japanese and fusion meals, which are delicate in taste and ephemeral – like...foam.
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How Much?
It’s a reasonable question. How much does this cost? How much time have you got? How much do you love this new Italian place on Zhulyanska? It’s what you’ll be asking yourself when you try Quanto Costa, a relatively new restaurant with all the makings of a true osteria.

Out With the Old
The New Year is upon us and maybe you’ve already planned how to farewell 2013 and welcome 2014. However if you’re at a loose end this New Years’ Eve, What’s On has prepared a short list of a few hot-ticket parties you might want to consider heading to on the most popular night of the year.

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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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