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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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.


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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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World’s Most Corrupt Metal Box - Whats Up?

It’s another one of those don’t know whether to laugh or cry mo ments here in Kyiv, as more incredible corruption has been unearthed. This time the State Tax Inspection found that hundreds of companies had been registered to a single address that turned out to be an electri−cal booth near the centre of the city – indications are that the street in question is Frunze.


Sewage Flood Threatens Kyiv - Whats Up?

Ukraine’s capital could soon face environmental catastrophe in the form of a flood of sewage that will drown untold numbers of residents in a stinking brown muck. The news comes straight from the horse’s mouth: Alexander Progrimak, head of the city’s Chief Administration for Environ mental Protection. “We’re faced with the question of the sewage system collectors,” Progrimak says.


Boryspil Baggage Handlers Sacked - Whats Up?

You may have known it to be true, but now it has been officially recognised that the thieving gits, also known as baggage handlers, have been steal ing stuff from your luggage. Chief of the Prosecutor General’s Office depart ment for the observance of law in transport Oleksandr Dehtiariov announced last week that a number of militia workers at the airport have been sacked following an investigation that he claims has proved cases of theft were com mitted by those dismissed.


Russian Aid Helps Western Regions - Whats Up?

Russia−bashing is one of the great Kyivan sports, right up there with girl watching and sidewalk SUV dodging, so it’s nice to be able to give the big guys to the north credit when they deserve it. And deserve it they now do, as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered his country’s foreign ministry and emergency ministry to send aid to flood ravaged areas of western Ukraine and Moldova.


Yulia Backpedals on Vanco - Whats Up?

Backpedaling faster than a defensive guard on Ukraine’s basket ball team on a Beijing court, Prime Minister Tymoshenko’s govern ment is continuing to modify its original hard edged position vis a vis the energy company Vanco Prickerchenska Ltd. This spring Tymoshenko’s government shocked the international community by impetuously canceling a contract that the company  a subsidiary of the Houston based Vanco Energy Company   had for research ing and perhaps developing oil and gas reserves in the Black Sea.


Ukraine Bank Buying Up Pounds - Whats Up?

Ukraine’s National Bank is making moves to lessen the hrynvya’s reliance on the dollar, including buying up loads of British pounds on the inter national market. The move will diversify Ukraine’s reserves and allow for the development of different parts of Ukraine’s economy, but it will also spell a bit of good news for ex pats and others who are paid in dollars and have therefore seen their buying power recently decline.


Ivan the Terrible Was Ukrainian! - Whats Up?

President Yushchenko’s brother Petro Yushchenko is one strange bloke. He’s the man responsible for organising the exhibition of ‘famous Ukrainians’ hanging at Ukrainian House right now. What he’s done is collect about 2,000 portraits of historical figures who in his estimation are actually Ukrainian. Given the sizable number of people included in the show, many of them are obscure. But some are not. Like, for example, Ivan the Terrible. Did you know that Ivan the Terrible, the comically loony tyrant who put Muscovy on the path toward imperial status and built St. Basil’s Church in Red Square, was actually a Ukrainian? According to Yushchenko, he was   at least half. His mother, after all, was from Chernihiv oblast.


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Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t 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 – children’s 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. What’s 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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