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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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Whew. What a week. You have to give the Ukrainian government credit: they sure do keep things interesting. Whats On began the year thinking that perhaps the Ukrainian populace had tired of Kyiv looking more like an episode of Survivor than their beautiful capital of Ukraine and, to be sure, there are plenty in town who would like nothing more than to see this all wrapped up tomorrow, with Maidan squatters duly punished.
Considering the rather dismal amount of people turning out on Maidan as of late, we here at Whats On were getting slightly concerned that those AntiMaidaners might just get their wish.

Then there was the beating of the former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, and the passing of 11 different ridiculous laws within the space of a few seconds by hardly the required 235 show of hands yes the PoR resorted to grade three classroom procedure, and then there was chaos.
Renewed with a fresh sense of vigour and even more resolve this weekend, demonstrators showed up on EuroMaidan marking two months of protest. With little in the way of real progress in these 59 days of demonstration, the people wanted something tangible to take home and chew. They were given a babys dummy instead, in the form of placation from the Opposition, so Ukrainians took things to the next level, and they did it on their own.
What does this mean going forward? It means that Yanukovych could well be headed up a certain creek. Of course, hes got a few friends with a little money, so hell be sailing in a rather nice boat, which will no doubt have a few paddles, but its clear the trip isnt going to smell very nice. It means that this should prove a lesson to the people in power today, and anyone who comes into power in the future, that Ukraine cannot be sold by a few show of hands not now, not ever. It means that democracy even in its most twisted implementation found in various governments around the world today is still worth fighting for, no matter the cost. It means that Ukraine is not a puppet of Azarov, Zakharchenko, Putin, Ahmetov, or any other individual on, fuelling, or stealing from the Ukrainian bankroll. It means the people of this country are fed up with being treated like second-class citizens, and want, deserve, and are entitled to more.
It means that the emancipation of this great nation is near, and even if we need to continue to fight well on into the night to greet the morning battered, bruised, and with eyes stained from smoke and teargas, you can bet your ass there will be hundreds of thousands there to ensure it happens. Your time is coming to a close Mr Yanukovych: this country will not allow you to continue to rape and pillage the people, the land or its resources anymore.
Our advice: get out while you still can.

Lana Nicole
Editor in Chief

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Born in Ukraine | 24.01.2014 18:18

Thoughtful comment, indeed.
If we are named Second-Class Citizens in our own country ...

I am quite confident that there is no single country within EU which would allow us to become First-Class Citizens in the UNI0N.

Mind you, the EU is not a Workers UNI0N.
There is only one place in EU for us Ukrainians - at the very end of the tail, where no right of voice -ONLY OBLIGATIONS.

Nice PERSPECTIVE, right?

My Fellow Ukrainians, ignorance doesn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t help in solving life tasks. Understanding \\\\\\\"what is what\\\\\\\" (and \\\\\\\"who is who\\\\\\\") is mandatory if we want our land to belong to us, and be First-Class Citizens in our own country.

I am curious, how much $$ (US bucks) and ££ (UK pounds) they have paid to brainwash our youth, so they could forget their pride and dignity and make mess on sacred streets of Kiev.

People of Ukraine, use your brain and go your own way. We are proud nation. Keep your dignity - do not fall into into a trap made of bucks and pounds.

We can change our government when we want - we are free in our country.
The third countries\\\\\\\' freedom in EU is a mirage. There is no freedom!

Water is tastless when it in abundance. Same way - the FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE.

Let\\\\\\\'s remember our roots and be proud for who we are.
Let\\\\\\\'s keep our independence and be wise in our choices.


 
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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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