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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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Whats Up?

Evangelists to Plant Local Churches

Whats Ukraine need? More Jesus! Ukraine already has its share of evangelical Christians, but there might soon be lots more if a come-to-Christ crusade set to kick off this month is succesful. The crusade is called Project 125 because it seeks eventually to establish new churches in 125 Ukrainian towns, but for the moment its humbly restricting itself to setting up a mere 40.


During the project, which is being organised by both U.S. and Ukrainian evangelical groups, 40 ministry teams will fan out across the country, preaching in public and holding special events for Ukrainian children, so as to nab them early. Those Ukrainians who attracted to the message will be enrolled in discipleship programmes and will represent the seed of the fledgling churches.

No offense to evangelicals, who will also be doing good work in raising money and supplies for Ukrainian orphans, but arent Ukrainians already acquainted with Jesus Christ? And havent they been acquainted with him since, oh, 988 AD? Certainly the Orthodoxy of most Ukrainians (and the Uniate Catholicism of a minority of them) differs from evangelicism, but then Ukraine differs from the American heartland. On the other hand, if the crusaders turn even one life around here, or show even one person how to live in a more dignified and satisfying way, why not? Its a free country, after all.


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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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