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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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My Kyiv

Winters Hottest Days

Its up to whether you sit at home whining about the cold and suffering from winter depression, or you decide to put all this weakness to one side and make the most of every day life gives you. Unfortunately for us who live in Ukraine, from late November until early March the weather is usually pretty nasty. Is it all really that bad though?

If you think so, you just have to read a couple of our pieces of bad advice and youll completely forget about what the weathers like outside.  

Drink more 
When life gives you a lime, find a bottle of tequila and throw a party! From ancient times, when people were going somewhere in winter they would take a bottle of something strong to keep them toasty on the road. Later, it was discovered that alcohol doesnt really help; it just simulates body heat while the cold continues to harm your body. But do you really believe in that? Ah, what a shame if you do. If the weather brings you down just take your friends out for a drink and everything will be much better than what it was back when you were sitting at home alone thinking that life sucks. 

Time for the anti-diet
Cold seasons are the perfect time to give yourself over completely to food consumption. As you have to wear lots of clothes, which hide the imperfections of your body, its high time to let your desires control you. Only at this time can you can eat whatever you want enjoying your favourite cakes, sweets, pizza, lasagne, steaks, etc. So, to stay happy during these chilly times, make your stomach content with the food you dreamt about for so long while you had to wear all those revealing short skirts, t-shirts and swimming trunks. Youve painstakingly maintained your figure for the whole summer, now its time to take your mind off your body and onto some food, glorious food.   

Get physical
Another way to keep warm and at the same time do a little physical exercise is to go in for sports. We suggest sex as the best option; even doctors say it is the best way to fine-tune for positive thinking. So to stay happy during cold snaps, keep in mind having sex regularly with your beloved partner. Or perhaps exploring other options available in the city for the lonely hearted... 

Go colder 
Continuing the sporty theme, there are many people in the city who practice winter swimming. Want to give it a try? They say that cold water keeps your body young and fresh, improves immunity and helps you stay happy. Prepare for the cold swimming in advance as the side effects of such exposure run to death. 

Head down to the basement
One more option is to try to fool yourself into spending time in basement pubs or clubs. As soon as you get there, it doesnt matter whats going on outside. All these venues have their own climate all year round. Thats the way to forget about everything spend more time in places without windows and it wont matter whether its winter or summer outside. Its an easy way to overcome seasonal affective disorder!

Turn your world rose-coloured
Another way to trick your depressed mind is to buy colourful glasses. Pink, yellow or green they all work perfectly! So every time you feel sad, seeing the grey streets covered with mud and trash, put on your magic glasses and the world around you becomes psychedelic. 

Celebrations galore
The best thing about winter is the holidays! There are plenty of them in the Ukrainian calendar but their number multiplies if you add in all the international celebrations. While Catholic Christmas, New Year, Orthodox Christmas and Old New Year may have come and gone, weve still got Valentines Day, Soviet Mens Day and International Womens Day on the horizon. With so much to celebrate, theres no time to be bored! 

Run away 
Finally, if none of the above-mentioned work for you, and you still feel the heavy boredom of the cold, the only solution for you is not to be here. Empty your bank account and go to any number of countries that boast eternal summer. Spending a few months abroad will get you back in Kyiv just in time for the spring. Its that simple! 

Vadym Mishkoriz

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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.


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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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