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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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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.


Ukrainian Culture

Ukrainian Easter: 15 April 2012 Did you know that

The Easter Egg in Ukrainian is called Krashanka or Pysanka. The former are dyed a single colour with vegetable dyes, or with an onion to achieve that specific dark brown colour, blessed and eaten at Easter. The latter have been decorated with traditional folk designs using beeswax for centuries, and are thought to hold magical powers to ward off evil spirits, guarantee a good harvest and bring you good luck!

Ukrainian Easter Bread is called Paskha, and is not to be confused with the Russian Kulich! Although these are more or less the same thing, Ukrainians dont always know what a Kulich is.

For Ukrainians, regardless of whether they follow Lent or not, meat dishes and especially salo taste much better at Easter.

At Easter, people greet each other by saying, Khrystos Voskres! (Christ has risen!). Should you be addressed in such a way come Easter Sunday, make sure your answer is Voistynu Voskres (He truly has!). 

Most Ukrainians will have attended at least one all-night Easter service in their lives. The biggest and best takes place at the Volodymyrskiy Cathedral. From there, a priest carrying the cross leads a procession through the city, (but, to be honest, most people dont really know why they do this).  

Easter Bunny? Whats that? Ukrainians dont know much about this furry little creature!

The competitive spirit is ignited at Easter with egg tapping wars called Khrystovanya held in almost every home in the country. 

Easter is the holiest holiday for Ukrainians. It is a time to be kind and respectful, if for only one day!

Ukrainians love to have their possessions blessed. This Easter, you will no doubt see many standing near churches with baskets full of food, vodka, wine and anything else that might require purifying, such as their new iPhone!

Easter, or Paskha (like the bread) in Ukrainian, is a family holiday, which means people will gather at home to celebrate. Some may even head out to start the picnic season. 

Vadym Mishkoriz

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    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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