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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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Ukraine Today

Darkness, Flames and The Screams of My Soul

I dont think anyone slept that night. When I learned of the metro closing, I didnt think about how I was going to get home. And it wasnt about trying to look patriotic or empathic it was about a new way of thinking, thinking not only about myself.
The reason it was closed, a reality that has already become quite customary, was clear. In fact its closure occurs so often these days it might make sense to include it in some kind of weekly schedule.

But the bus and tram lines operated as per usual, and people just asked each others advice on how to get where they needed to go not unlike walking by touch in the darkness.
You are not a warrior nor a doctor. You dont have a camera to cover the events! were only a few of the arguments my friends used to try to persuade me not to go. But there are never enough reasons. And besides, I am far from reasonable these days.
Many journalists practice many professions in order to uncover those things they might not be able to learn otherwise. In this case, there is no secret. Just the opposite. The same goes for those on the barricades, or those helping to collect and sort out medical supplies and food for EuroMaidaners, or those who distribute sandwiches and hot tea among the activists.
On 19 February, Mykhalivskiy Cathedral turned into a hospital, and the territory around it flooded with Kyivites bringing medicine, warm clothes, and food. If you wanted to become a volunteer you didnt need to fill out an application, you just started helping any way you could. Like it has always been at EuroMaidan.
Quickly, you memorise where everything goes: Lemons? Right around the corner! Tea? Let me take care of it. Oh this bread is not sliced it should go over there. There is no feeling of time. You are just a part of this complicated, yet miraculously well-tuned clock. What a paradox to be so close to the perfection of a timepiece, but not be able to say what time it is.
I would ask people in charge of plastic plates and napkins to take them out of the box they were in and place them in a bag, so I could use the box for the medical corner. As we were putting cups into a bag, a woman approached me and asked: Do you need this box? Yes, you too? Turns out we were both planning on taking it to the same place.
Sorting out food, I used tape to label the bags. And then I found myself among the barricades with a box of sandwiches or tea in hand. I could not see the faces of all the people I passed, but it did not matter there was an incredible feeling of presence and dignity you didnt need to visualise to understand.
The barricades were nearer than ever. So close, but so far from the other side. Mixed up in the flames, you could peer into the distance to see only darkness. And then the news came: armistice.

Olga German

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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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