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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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VIP Tourism

Five Reasons to Love Yalta By Vasiliy Bondarchuk

Vasiliy Bondarchuk started out his singing career in musicals, but with his rugged good looks it was only a matter of time before he was picked for centre stage and his very own pop career. Since then he has become a favourite throughout the land, and this week he tells us of his first choice place in Ukraine for relaxing.


1. Happiness Reigns in Yalta
Every day you spend in Yalta seems like an entire life in miniature. As spring approaches, you start wanting to live in a carefree way. The citys most beau− tiful in summer, when its a cocktail of happiness and ease. Its sort of a Ukrai− nian version of Nice, with a unique tempo. Yalta can satisfy the most demand− ing vacationers: people who want exquisite recreation, including restaurants, bars, cinemas, casinos and hotels. If youre looking for the biggest thrills of your life, wind−surfing, yachting, water−skiing, climbing and horseback−rid− ing are available. Everything is possible here. For instance, you can start your day drinking coffee on a summer terrace and end it on a desolated beach with a glass of whiskey. You might be racing your car along a mountain road or picnicking at the top of Medved Mountain and you feel like Faust when hes sold his soul to the devil. I left my soul here long ago and never hesitate to come back.

 2. Taxi Drivers Give the Best Advice
A Yalta taxi driver is more than just a person who drives you somewhere. The taxi−drivers here really do know everything. With their encyclopedic knowl− edge of the city, theyre always ready to give you suggestions about where to go and just about everything else in life like your mother−in−law, your search for a wife, investing money and how to live for a hundred years. One such driver (his name was Uncle Misha) told me the story of his life during our 15 km. trip together. I still cant figure out how he managed to tell me so many details in such a short period of time.

3. Yalta is Like a Woman
Like a real woman whose face shows her years, Yalta just becomes wiser and more beautiful. Its adorned itself with new fountains and restaurants and the seafront is being renovated from year to year. If you pay attention, Yalta will reveal all her deepest secrets to you. And if you want her to be open with you, you should learn to listen to her. Just as with any woman, you can be tempted by Yalta or tempt her instead. Shes giddy, changeable, flashy and spendthrift; sometimes shes kind and soft, sometimes shes cold and head− strong. You never know how to behave with this city; you can find her and yet get lost at the same time.

4. Paintings are Better Here
When I come to Yalta I always visit the artists exhibition U Oreandy. Youll definitely find something here to your taste. Its a great feeling when you see a seascape that was painted when you were far away from Yalta and it looks so real and close to you. I find the pictures special and different from those painted in other parts of Ukraine. For me, the most important thing about any picture is the implicit meaning it carries. It could be an abstract thing, but it should activate emotions inside you. In Yaltas case, these paintings always make me smile and remember the city I love.

5. People are Unique There
I always meet interesting people in Yalta. Theyre always good−humoured and sincere. You can raise any topic with these people and theyll keep the ball rolling, beyond just talking about the weather. Yalta concert crowds go absolutely crazy. Everybody lives as if tomorrow the world is going to end. In the summer, Yalta induces you to fall in love with no commitments; theres nothing to divert you from life itself. Dating here is very romantic, and you remember romantic involvements that happen here forever. Theres a special charm to summer flings. When my new album is released, Im looking forward to coming to Yalta to play a concert.

Anastasiya Skorina


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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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