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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 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.


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.


Special Feature

Pipelines and More Pipelines

Its a game of unfair advantage for some and pure spite for others. How will you play the game? And will you win or lose?
The world of European energy is as fascinating as it is fraught. Energy (usually gas) comes from the north and east, and flows to the EU customer states in the west. Resource-rich Asian states like Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are developing their fields around the Caspian.

Russia is also increasing production, and is by far the biggest producer of Europe-bound gas at the moment. These states hold great sway because of their reserves, but European customer states can increase their purchasing power by ganging up and acting as one. Then there are the transit states, like Ukraine, who funnel gas from the east to the customers in the west, earning transit fees in           the process.
Until recently, Ukraine was getting a greatly-reduced price for its Russian gas, and was confident in its position as chief courier of gas to Europe (80% of Europe-bound gas comes through the country). But several factors have combined to change the geopolitical landscape: market rates for energy have risen exponentially; Russia has played hard-ball on pricing; and other pipelines that bypass Ukraine have either come on stream or are being developed. Nord Stream is one such pipeline, taking Russian gas directly to Germany via the Baltic Sea. This came on line last month. Another (South Stream) is planned, and will transport gas from Russias Black Sea coast to Bulgaria.  
With this in mind, President Yanukovych has been in Russia, trying to get a better price for precious commodity. He came away with nothing on his first attempt. But Russia has since started to see reason (or dollar bills) and is willing to look at the options. Knowing Ukraine is almost totally reliant on it for energy, however, there is a legally-binding contract to deal with. There are options for Ukraine to become less reliant, but these will take time and investment. The road to energy security is fraught with many dangers, but there are also opportunities. 
Whats On thought wed bring this subject to life and let you climb the slippery slope to energy security yourself. For those familiar with Snakes and Ladders, youll recognise the idea. Each player is Ukraine and the object is to get Energy Security. Players throw a single die while they make their way around the board up to the top. If you land on the top of a Russian pipeline, you fall back down to the bottom of that pipeline. If you land on the bottom of a Ukrainian pipeline, you shoot up to the top of that pipeline. The rest is fairly simple. Good luck! 

Stephen Oryszczuk

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    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.

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    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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