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7 (2014)
Tunnelling Towards Hope


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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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What's On Archive 20 (2009)

20 (2009)/2009
29 May - 4 June
No Chance At Life!
Infant mortality is horrendous in Ukraine, and the government hinders those trying to help


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From THE EDITOR (20) - Editorial
Its International Child Protection Day 1 June, and were dedicating the whole of this issue to children. Specifically, we want to dedicate this weeks Whats On to little Masha, who died on 17 May this year aged only 4 months 11 days. Born with Spina Bifida and hydrocephalus, Masha would have struggled to survive no matter where she was born, but in the US or Europe she would have had an excellent chance at a long and happy life. Here in Ukraine, however, despite the good work of many, she didnt stand a chance. I first came across Masha when, as part of a follow up team from the Kyiv Lions Club, I visited Zaporuka Childrens Neurological Oncology Unit. We were being shown round by the head doctor of the unit when we came across her rolled up in a blanket on a table. She was crying. The doctor told us her story (see page 6) as one of the nurses changed her (the reason why she was crying).


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Cosmos Wife Equally Crazy - Whats Up?
It must be something in the water at their house, or something in the air, but according to an interview she gave with Segodnya newspaper, Alina Ayvazova, wife of Kyiv mayor Leonid Chernovetsky is every bit the loon her husband is. In a recent interview, she told the paper she was confident her husband will become the next president of Ukraine.
Okay, so you might be thinking thats absurd, but not quite insane, but wait til you here the rest of what she said.


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Putins at it Again - Whats Up?
The whole gas transit fiasco continued over the weekend as Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin announced that his country was willing to pay Ukraine a 5-year advance payment for the transit of gas to Europe. He voiced concerns over the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine, and planned reorganisation of the pipeline network, saying that these issues put gas supplies to Europe under threat once again.
Putin claims his offer will allow Ukraine to fill its underground storage facilities and secure uninterrupted supplies to Europe for the foreseeable future. How very kind of you Mr. Putin. Now whats the catch?


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The Pedicure to Beat All Pedicures - Whats Up?
Getting your toenails done is a popular pastime amongst Ukrainian women, and men for that matter, and the craze appears to have seeped into the animal kingdom. Last week a team of German vets turned up in Kyiv to give Boy, a 39-year-old elephant, a much needed pedicure.
According to local vets, his toenails had grown so long they were causing the poor animal a lot of discomfort and needed to be cut.


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New Solution to the Citys Traffic Problem - Whats Up?
If you live on the left bank and are sick of the traffic jams and overcrowded metro trains you have to battle with every day on your commute to work, never fear because we are happy to announce the solution to all your problems river marshrutkas. Yes, thats right, boats.
Originating near Osokorky metro station, these boats can carry up to 500 hundred passengers across the Dnipro river to Poshtova Ploshcha stopping at Bereznysky and Metro bridge. Fares are going to be around 7 hrv and the organisers are hoping this will become a very popular way for people to get to work in the morning.


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Casinos Closed, but Why? - Whats Up?
After a fire in a casino in Dnipropetrovsk that killed nine people, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, in the sort of knee-jerk reaction for which she has become renowned, closed all casinos in the town. Then, apparently after some complaints about fairness, she closed all casinos in the country. Initially the closures were to be for three months so that authorities could carry out safety checks, but then, reportedly bending under pressure from casino owners, it was reduced to one month.


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A Childs Right to Life Denied - Ukraine Today
1 June is International Child Protection Day, and that prompted me to look at life a little differently this week. This year we all find ourselves preoccupied with maintaining our financial wellbeing, and often feel a little peeved at having to postpone the purchase of the dacha or new car weve been dreaming of, and while we worry over such trivialities there are children being denied the right to life. Lack of government funding, corruption, ludicrous bureaucracy and a mistrust of charitable funds and donations that has lead to an overtly strict taxation regime are keeping infant mortality rates in Ukraine at an unacceptable level.
Infant mortality rates in Ukraine are still unacceptably high, with conservative estimates placing them at 5 times that of Europe or the US, and while the government passes legislation aimed at improving this, it doesnt back it up with the funds and equipment necessary.


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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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