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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 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.

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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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27 August - 3 September

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EU Think Tank Wants Ukraine In - Whats Up?

One good thing about Russia’s invasion of Georgia is that Ukraine might get a boost in its European UNI0N aspirations, as a nervous Europe strives to integrate Ukraine as a bulwark against the Moscow bear,  lately seen on the loose in the Caucases. That Russia’s police action would be good for Ukraine in this respect was predictable, but it’s nice to see a Brussels-based think tank talking up the idea.



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Poland Changes Its Missile Tune - Whats Up?

Russia’s invasion of Georgia has changed minds in Poland, which has signed a long-contested deal with the U.S. about hosting an American missile-defense base. Poland will be the home of, among other things, a Patriot defense system capable of shooting down missiles, bombers and fighters. The system (and the contingent of U.S. soldiers to man it) is supposedly meant to guard against attacks from ‘rogue states’ like Iran, but its real target is Russia.



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Ukraine Sees Another Strong Olympics - Whats Up?

It’s been another good Olympics for Ukraine, which finished in tenth place in the total Beijing medal count. Tenth place – that’s not only good under any circumstances, but astoundingly good for a country that lacks the resources more developed countries have. Chalk the success up to Ukraine’s Olympic tradition, one of the good things it inherited from its Soviet past. For the sake of perspective, Canada is in fourteenth place and Italy is in ninth place. A celebratory drink is called for.



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Are the Russians Really Scared? - Whats Up?

For the first time since the Kuchma era, if not since the Soviet days, Kyiv hosted an aggressive military parade this Independence Day, and brought the whole shebang into play. There were tanks, rocket launchers and missiles on flatbeds rumbling down Kreschatyk; jet fighters roaring across the late summer sky; goosestepping soldiers in a dizzying array of uniforms; and more. In the days leading up to the event Kyivans even heard something that hasn’t often been heard around here since the early 1940s: cannon firing, as the military tested the weapons that would take part in the warlike festivities. In what was obviously a gesture aimed at getting the Russians to back off in case they decide to do to Ukraine what they did to Georgia, Viktor Yushchenko’s Kyiv had been temporarily militarised.



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Will Georgia’s Fate Wake Up Ukraine’s Rulers? - Opinion

The Russian invasion of Georgia this month should have smacked a complacent Ukrainian political class into some semblance of clarity. Should have – but did it?
It must have been fun belonging to the ‘democratic, Western-leaning’ ‘orange’ portion of the Ukrainian political class these last several years. Let’s say, for example, that you were President Yushchenko, that ‘reformist’ hero still popular in the West, if not at home. All you had to do was mumble out the occasional vague speech and jet off once in a while to mug for the cameras with Nicolas Sarkozy or Bill Clinton. People pinned medals on your chest in Boston and Philadelphia and for some reason Gerard Depardieu thought you were cool. Meanwhile, back home your cronies were looting everything that wasn’t riveted down and shoveling the resultant cash into Cyprus bank accounts, or using it to buy bunker-looking dachas or Bentleys with which to tool up to the entrances of vulgar restaurants. Your approval rating was down in the single digits, but who cared?



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Selection of Top Instrumental Music at Khlibnya Museum - This Week

Evening of instrumental music, St. Sofia Cathedral, Khlibnya Museum (24 Volodymyrska), 30 August at 19.30
The notable Ukrainian musicians Oleksandr Lagosha (viola) and Lesya Hryshko (piano) are known for their interesting experiments in classical music, and now you can see them play amidst the Byzantine splendors of the St. Sofia Cathedral complex, where they’ll be performing some of the most beloved compositions from their repertoire. The skill of these musicians is beyond discussion and their performance here is yet another sign of how generous Kyiv is to its lovers of classical music.



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Flute Music and Georgian Evocations Resound in Sofia - This Week

‘The Charming Sounds of the Flute’, St. Sofia Cathedral, Khlibnya Museum (24 Volodymyrska), 31 August at 19.30
Lilia Solomonova (piano) and Tamara Roj (flute) present a concert under the charming moniker ‘The Charming Sounds of the Flute’. Among other flute-and-piano compositions the audience will hear music by Taktakishvili, a fine Georgian composer whose music evokes the natural beauty and emotional temper of his rugged and mountainous homeland.



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Ukraine Truth
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.


Kyiv Culture

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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