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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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.


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.


Ukraine Today

EuroMaidan Messages of various kinds...

 I am appealing to you, young men and women, who are of approximately the same age as our independence. To the young people, whose active life is just beginning, and will be connected with this country. Most of you will live, work, start families, and build your future here.
I am appealing to you to the ones who are now around 20 -25. To you precisely to you, because I am not sure that the older generations will hear me and understand clearly. But somehow, I am confident in you!

These most recent events, which can conventionally be called EuroMaidan, make me talk to you the in the most sincere way, as I would talk to my closest friends. To call things by their names. Understanding that someone might not like the things they hear.
Having observed the events of 30 November on Maidan, I wrote an emotional letter to the people of southern and eastern Ukraine. Trying to suppress the tears while I was writing, I was appealing to everyone not to keep silent. To not keep silent about what has happened in Kyiv. About those things that have been taken by many people in the south and the east as the problem of Kyiv only, moreover, as a problem artificially invented by Kyiv and western Ukraine.
I have received feedback from my letter, and many people began stating arguments both for and against entering the European UNI0N. And I got to thinking... What does all of this have to do with European UNI0N???
Do you really think I would have written the same letter if the violent breakup of Maidan was for entering the Customs UNI0N with Russia?
Do you really think I could divide the students beaten by the Berkuts clubs into ours and not ours?
Do you really believe I could keep silent if the imprisoned peaceful protesters who went to the Presidential Administration had a different last name or different political beliefs?
Do you, the youth, really feel you are so divided into east and west?
It is you, who fill the stadiums in Lviv and Luhansk, Dnipropetrovsk and Simferopol, Donetsk and Vinnytsia. I have seen it myself. And you have seen it as well.
It is you, who speak fluently both Russian and Ukrainian with each other. I have heard it myself and spoke to you in both languages.
It is you, who sing the Ukrainian anthem together with our national football team, at the top of your voice. I have heard it myself.
I was with you in Istanbul and proudly shouted hurray when Shakhtar Donetsk won the UEFA Cup. And then called the director of the club with an offer from Okean Elzy (without any conditions) to perform at the arrival of the club in Donetsk.
It is you, who, on Facebook, Twitter and VKontakte, broke down the wall between the east and west, the wall that still exists between the representatives of older generations. I know it. I myself communicate with you there.
It is not your generation that has become soldiers in this absurd counteraction. The political generals have turned the generation of your parents and grandparents into cannon fodder: divide and conquer, according to the well-known principle.
Ukrainian or Russian?
UPA or Red Army?
Now its the turn of another subject: EU Customs UNI0N?
But those who suffer the most from this war are you, the youth.
Whilst your parents in the kitchen fight with each other, your peers are being beaten in the streets. Beaten and imprisoned, regardless of where they are from, and which language they speak.
Those giving the orders are not interested in who you are and who you voted for. For them you are just a used material; material for cementing inhumane laws. Whilst miners from Chervonohrad and Donetsk argue about who of them feeds the country better, authorities without conviction but with power and money successfully steal from them both. And straight away, as the tension lessens, they throw out another bone to make them argue again.
Will you really follow this?
I understand that the generation of your parents will stay as they are. Their views and beliefs are hard to change. But is it them, who will be building our country in the future? Is it not you, who tomorrow determines the destiny of Ukraine?
You. Only you. No one else but you.
I dont know what would split you today. Students from Kharkiv and Lviv, cadets from Kyiv and Sevastopol, music fans from Donetsk and Ternopil: you are all, simply, sincere young people. Those who were born in Ukraine and who naturally feel as though this is their motherland, regardless of their place of birth.
You only have one motherland Ukraine!
You do not have any other Motherland!
Not in the past, as your parents and grandparents, who live with memories and nostalgia. Nor in the future, as your politicians whose only thought is how to take their children away from here.
Do not let these politicians split you. Do not let the kitchen conversations of your parents create quarrels between you. Do not let the treacherous myths greedily eat away your young souls.
I have seen your eyes!!! In every city of Ukraine!!! Your eyes shine! And your smiles are sincere! Your energy is something that genuinely unites us! Take responsibility right now and you will turn this country into a diamond, steadfast and unbelievably shining.
Do not be silent! Please, for the sake of God, just dont be silent!

Svyatoslav Vakarchuk
frontman Okean Elzy

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Maria | 21.02.2014 08:27

I am from australia, my parents came here so that I can live freely, they educated me, fed me, clothed me and now I am 61. I value my freedom. I value my parents strength, to be seperated from their loved ones in Ukraine. My parents saw the break up of the USSR before they passed away. I believe Ukraine can rule itself, Russia has held Ukraine back for too long, it is time Ukraine believed they can do it. Nations are willing to work along side Ukraine. You do not need Russia. Stand up and assert yourselves. I believe you can do it.

Lyudmila | 24.01.2014 17:08

The biggest battles are won around the table.

Our parents have defended the land from all the enemies.
No one should even dare to push the country into mess of foreign traps.
We have problems? Let\\\'s deal with them on our own.

Governments come and go. Let\\\'s do everything to vote for decent, intelligent rulers. We have such people.

Mind you ! Uncle Sam is not going to build a good country for us. The Uncle wants us to become his slaves.

Isn\\\'t it clear yet !!!???

Do your best to think now.
Those who are violently destroying the most beautiful street in the world - are barbarians. Their pockets filled with bucks from Uncle Sam and from the Big Bang\\\'s state.

People, wake up !!!
EU is a TRAP !!! Keep our Land safe and away from \\\"bucks\\\" and \\\"pounds\\\".

We can deal with our rulers. No one has antidote from foreigners!
Colonies could not get their independence for centuries!

Who wants to go to EU - the door is opened . Get your things and GO! NOW!
We will even provide you with the start up money. GO !!!


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