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Tunnelling Towards Hope


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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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Editorial

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I have never considered Ukraine a good country in which to get sick. The State hospitals are dark, dreary and loaded with an elderly population who would far rather be sick in the company of other sick people than be sick at home alone. It makes sense. But it certainly isnt conducive to the younger generations get in, get checked, and get out mentality. 
In my other life as a poor dancer employed by the State, these were the only institutions I could afford, if and when in need. I remember my first visit vividly a rundown old building, with receptionists who processed hundreds of poorly patients hourly (a fact which Im fairly positive contributed to their surly disposition).

While there were numerous doctors on duty, any one of whom might have been able to see me now, I was directed to the third floor (by stairs, of course), where I was to look for office number 314g. The g here was important 314 a, b and v would not suffice, it had to be 314g. 
The reason I must, and here I do not use the word lightly, find this particular office, was because this particular doctor had been assigned to my particular neighbourhood. Weird. In addition, the doctor only worked Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays what I would have done had I come down with some life-threatening illness on one of her days off Im not sure.  
The small waiting room was a corner of the hall with the minimum amount of chairs, which meant you had to have been waiting a decent amount of time just to procure a place to sit (a reality I was sure to experience soon enough). Three quarters of a Kleenex box and umpteen gaggles of housecoat-clad babas and didos roaming the halls later, I was admitted into the secret little room. I have to say, I was less than amiable.
The doctor, however, was charming enough, imparting just the appropriate amount of sympathy as she checked me over. Ten minutes later, I was out of there, with a stamp on my get-out-of-work-for-a-week card and a mile-long list of prescriptions Id be able to purchase at any one of the 20 pharmacies on my way home. It was at that moment I swore I was never going to get sick in this country again. Despite my best efforts, that has not been the case. 
Luckily, I have a few more kopecks in my pocket these days to afford health care that focuses not just on the physical health of the patient but on his/her comfort level as well. With many such clinics in Kyiv, employing staff who know how to make you feel at home, getting sick in Ukraine isnt all that bad anymore. If only those living back in my old neighbourhood knew what they were missing. Surely it would cause some sort of State health revolution 

Lana Nicole
Editor in Chief 

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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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