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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 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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17 July - 23 JulyWherever You Are! Whoever You Are!
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From THE EDITOR (27) - Editorial
On Saturday night, our photographer, Artem Myronenko, was taking photographs of Kreshchatyk for our Belgian feature (see page 6) because apparently Belgian engineering is used in the lighting system. Once he had finished, he and his friend took the metro to their local area. As they were walking home, two large men came up behind them and, obviously having followed them from Khreshchatyk, asked what they had been photographing. Posing as policeman, they demanded to see the camera and the photographs, but when Artem refused to give it to them they put him on the ground and took it by force. Artem and his friend immediately went to the real police who responded quickly and spent some time with him driving round the streets trying to spot the culprits, but to no avail. On Sunday evening he was at our offices when he came to tell me that he’d had a phone call from the thieves, and that they were prepared to give him the equipment back for 1,000hrv.


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Poland Backs Ukraine’s 2012 Ambitions - Whats Up?
n what can only be seen as an act of altruistic decency, the Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, has come to Ukraine’s defense regarding the EURO 2012 football finals. As we reported last week, UEFA has approved four Polish cities to host matches, but only one in Ukraine, and has also said that if Ukraine doesn’t get its act together it will consider looking to Germany to co-host the games.


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The Question of Naftogaz - Whats Up?
The IMF has attributed its revised forecast for Ukraine’s budget deficit largely to the losses of the state oil and gas company, Naftogaz. EBRD President, Thomas Mirow last week also attributed problems in the country to Naftogaz, saying: “Ukraine is providing under-priced gas to its own clients, creating new structural deficits. And even today we do not know how much gas is being fed in at one end and how much gas, and for what purposes, is being pulled out at the other end.”   
At the same time, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has announced that she plans to increase the statutory fund of Naftogaz by 18.6 billion hrv. “Increasing Naftogaz’s statutory fund, if it happens and if the president doesn’t veto this document, will ensure the calm and uninterrupted payment for the pumping of natural gas into Ukraine’s storage facilities,” she said.


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Obama Sticks it to Putin - Whats Up?
The man certainly seems to be living up to his pre-election rhetoric and standing by his principals, and US President Barack Obama demonstrated this in his first visit to Russia last week. Despite only mentioning Ukraine once in his visit, he said during a speech to graduating students at the New Economic School in Moscow that “state sovereignty must be a cornerstone of international order.”  And in what could only be seen as a direct attack on Putin’s authority, he went on to say: “Just as all states should have the right to choose their leaders, states must have the right to borders that are secure, and to their own foreign policy. That’s why we must apply this principle to all nations – and that includes nations like Georgia and Ukraine.”


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Ukraine Ready to Help Arab Countries’ Nuclear Ambitions - Whats Up?
This is an interesting one. According to a report in a Saudi newspaper, President of Ukraine’s National Nuclear Energy Generating Company (ENERGOATOM), says that Ukraine is willing to help Arab countries that are seeking to create nuclear energy. “We are waiting for an invitation from you and are willing to enter your markets. Our great experience will help you and we are willing to cooperate with you,” he is reported to have said.
We wonder what experience he is talking about! We also have to wonder what the EU and the US will think of this statement.


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IMF Loan in Doubt Due to Politicians Games - Whats Up?
It seems that many of Ukraine’s politicians would rather see the country go down the toilet rather than put aside their own interests, even for a few weeks. The head of the IMF mission in Ukraine, Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, has said that a decision on the third tranche of the loan, set at $3.3 billion, will be made in the next three to four weeks, but that the country’s authorities must meet the conditions set including amending Ukraine’s banking legislation.


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Belgium A Country of More than Just Fabulous Beer and Exquisite Chocolates - Ukraine Today
Halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, bordering the North Sea with France and the Netherlands as neighbours, you’ll find a quaint little country that seems to be at the heart of all interaction in Europe.
Its history, like most countries, is intertwined with other cultures and societies and as such, it has a long and fascinating past that goes well back into the BC era. It’s been claimed that primitive stone instruments have been found beneath its soil dating as far back as 800,000 BC along with tales that the Neanderthals lived along its rivers’ borders.


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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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