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Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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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Provocations & Observations (#48)
I’m sure most Ukrainians and expats living in Ukraine will not be feeling too Christmassy right now, what with everything going on in the country. But this is the time to forget about all the stuff going on in the big world, and enjoy the most important things in life – friends and family.
Firstly, it will give us a little time off work.
That time off work leads to the second reason, which is time to spend with those closest to us – our friends and family. I for one am looking forward very much to spending a little more time with my lovely wife Katya and our beautiful baby daughter Mila, and with my good friends. All of them shine brightly in my life, I appreciate having them, and I am looking forward to spending some quality time with them all.
Thirdly, it will give me the opportunity to indulge in good food and booze. Anyone who’s met me will know from one look at my oversized belly I enjoy good food and beer. Most of the year I fight the urges to indulge with the aim of being a little more healthy. But at this time of year I can forget all that, and eat all the fatty, greasy and sugar-laden food I want, while at the same time indulging to the fullest in my great love for beer.
Fourth, I can devote some time to my other great love in life – movies. This time of year is always great for movies – on the TV, there’s the classics along with a good selection of fun from modern times, and the latest blockbusters will be on in the cinemas (including the second installment of The Hobbit). I will be putting my feet up and chilaxing to some great movies, while continuing to enjoy first, second and third.
Finally, I will be spending as much time as possible on Maidan, giving as much support as possible – in my own small way – to the dreams and aspirations of the Ukrainian people.
I wish everyone who reads this, faith, love and hope over this holiday period. And I wish you happiness, success and health in 2014. I hope this country we all live in is a better one. For all of us.
Kyiv Top Five
It’s an “R” word rhyming with revolution and is particularly relevant right now? It’s resolution – those little promises we make ourselves at New Year, and likely flag a few weeks later. What’s On likes the alliteration between both words and thinks we can resolve to do something more concrete – here’s some revolutionary resolutions that might just keep the EuroMaidan ball rolling.
1. Question – it appears the authorities aren’t very good with these – maybe because they haven’t any good answers?
2. Look further – the world hasn’t imposed sanctions...yet, keep demanding it happens.
3. Think bigger – EuroMaidan is just one thing creating the pressure needed to topple the regime.
4. Keep fighting – deals made in Moscow may be a left hook to EuroMaidan but showing strength is to roll with the punches and keep fighting.
5. It’s up to us – Churchill said: “History is written by the victors.” How’ll the history of EuroMaidan be written?
Presidential perks, patriotism, senatorial humour, and a diversion. Big Vik continues to do what he likes, the people continue to resist, and some are trying to be festive. Ukraine has never featured so heavily on Twitter but we’ve collated a handful in our tweets of the week.
JDP (@ukie1958) witnesses a president’s disdain for the people:
#euromaidan Entire Tryokhsvyatytelska St in Kyiv blocked, residents denied entry as #yanukovych attends a mass in nearby church
Daniel Hamilton (@danielrhamilton) has a patriotic wake-up call:
Just woken by the sound of the Ukrainian national anthem filling Independence Square. Crowds have been here all night. #EuroMaidan
John McCain provokes giggles addressing the Atlantic Council according to Ola McLees(@OlaMcLees)
Most humorous #McCain quote from #ACUkraine “Ukrainians are the West. They like the same lousy music, they have the same atrocious attire.”
Stefan Palylyk’s (@Stefan_Palylyk) attention is not on revolution:
Can’t wait for Christmas!....next month
What happens when you take a photograph that went viral globally of a person pretending to be a EuroMaidan protester swinging a chain at Berkut officers and add a little Photoshop magic? This. We think it’s brilliant. Season’s Greetings!
It was carefully stage managed, the journalists were handpicked, the questions were simple, and no light whatsoever was shed on exactly what President Viktor Yanukovych’s deal struck with his Russian counterpart entails. Big Vik finally gave an interview regarding negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow and revealed almost nothing. Has he sold out his own people? It seems increasingly likely.
The best businessman is set to be named in Ukraine. According to latest information Rinat Akhmetov is streets ahead with his Viktor Yanukovych project.
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|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.