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Tunnelling Towards Hope

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.


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.


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.


Ukraine Abroad

Loving Gold at the XXI Winter Olympics

This year, everyones heads are turned in the direction of Vancouver, Canada where the 21st Winter Olympics will be held. From 12 28 February, the whole world will be sitting in anticipation while watching their favourites compete. Ukraine is no different and this year, with 47 competitors coming from all over the country, we here at Whats On believe that those beautiful yellow and blue colours will be flying proudly on the podium at nine events.

Some of Ukraines biggest hopes for medals lie on the 11 strong Biathlon (Sprint & Pursuit) team, and in particular competitors Serhiy Sednev, Valentyna and Vita Semerenko, Oksana Khvostenko, Andriy Derizemlya and Serhiy Semenov. Taking part in the Olympics for the first time ever, 25-year old Serhiy Sednev has already proved himself at the 2007-2008 World Cup and the 2009 European Championships winning bronze both times in the 20km and 10km (respectively) pursuit race. 

Alpine Skiing 
Alpine Skiing is a great event and includes both Downhill and Slalom, and this year, Ukraine will be represented by first-timers Rostyslav Feshchuk, Bogdan Matsotsk and Anastasia Skryabina where the goal will be to qualify in the top 30. Unfortunately, they are going to have some pretty tough competition as Americas Lindsey Vonn, Germanys Maria Riesch, and Swedens Anya Parson are well versed in their craft. 

Cross-Country Skiing 
Out of eight Ukrainian competitors, there is only one name this 2010 that stands out in this battle against nature and that is Valentyna Shevchenko. A seasoned veteran in the Olympics, this will be her fourth trip and she is already raring to go. Especially after winning 1st (30km) and 2nd (10km) place at the 2008/2009 World Cup and 3rd (30km) at the World Championships in 2009.

Figure Skating 
Genius on skates, Oksana Baiul, has been the one and only competitor in any of Ukraines pursuits of the Winter Games to have been able to bring home gold. In grand attempts to continue the legacy, pair skaters Stanislav Morozov and Tetyana Volosozhar are out to do their level best to at least get on the podium. Having been to the Olympics in 2006, Tetyana finished 12th with a different partner four years ago. But this year, both she and Stanislav have been hard at work perfecting their style and technique and with confidence soaring, theres no way these two could do anything but win!

Freestyle Skiing 
The competition in this sport is tough. Nevertheless, Ukraine has great chances here, especially considering the talents and skill of a one Stanislav Kravchuk. Having participated in the games twice already and taking 3rd at the 2009 World Cup, Stanislav is pumped, ready and assures us of a medal. 

Last year, Miss Natalya Yakushenko impressed us all with her performance in the 2009 Worlds, bringing home a bronze to show for her hard work and effort. And at the 2010 Olympics, it is she who is our best bet for gold. Especially since shes competed at every single Olympics since 1992!

Nordic Combined 
Cross-country skiing and ski jumping combine to make this one of the best outdoor events in the games. Its a tough one which may be why weve got just one competitor this year: Volodymyr Trachuk. He competed in 2006, taking 48th place and this year, according to statements made by Ukraines Olympic Committee, it is Volodymyrs aim to step up and come in among the top 30. 

Ski Jumping 
We have a fairly green ski jumping team this year where not one member has ever been to the Olympics. Unfortunately, Volodymyr Boshchuk wasnt able to pass the qualifications for 2006 and is Oleksandr Lazarovych and Vitaliy Shumbarets first time all together. No matter, Whats On is cheering you on go for it! 

Ukraines snowboard team consists of a number of up and coming, what we call, ekstrimalki or extremists when it comes to this super fun sport, and the two to watch out for this year is Annemarie Chundak and Yosyp Penyak. Coach/participant Yosyp seems quite optimistic and hopes to increase the number of victories they have been winning at the international level. 

The first time Ukraine entered the Olympic Games was in 1952 in Helsinki along with most other countries of the Soviet UNI0N. In 1992, we entered as part of the unified team of the former USSR and since then, we have participated in every Olympic event as an independent nation. We have won a total of 101 medals, only five of which have come from the Winter Games. But nevertheless, we here at Whats On wish all our athletes good luck in Vancouver! Lets add to the medal count!
For more information about schedule and results visit www.vancouver2010.com

Vadym Mishkoriz

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Manvi | 16.10.2012 08:57

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    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.

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    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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