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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 Travel

Kamyanets-Podilsky

Dramatic Kamyanets-Podilsky has been called the town of seven cultures because of the number of nationalities that lived and contributed to its development and culture. Russians, Ukrainians, Turks, Tatars, Armenians, Jews, Lithuanians and of course Poles have all been through the area, and its perhaps the only place where youll ever see a church with a minaret attached to it an indication of the way the town has fallen under different jurisdictions. (That church is the church of St. Peter & St. Paul, and when the Poles took over the region they put a statue of the Virgin atop the minaret.) What the place is best known for, however, is its gigantic medieval island fortress on a dramatic rock rise carved out by the SmotrychRiver.

Legend has it that 17thcentury Turkish sultan Osman II arrived in Kamyanets, took one look at the fortress, and asked in awe who built it. Allah himself, came the answer. Then let Allah himself storm it, he replied. These days the fortress is stormed daily by tourists, who also enjoy the sight of the dramatic river gorge around the structure. There are about 200 monuments of architecture and 11 museums gathered in this town, placing it right after Kyiv and Lviv in terms of number of official attractions. Like Lviv, this is an easy overnight train ride from Kyiv. Stay at the Gala Hotel downtown, brand new and good.

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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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