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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 31 (2009)

31 (2009)/2009
28 August - 3 September
Time to Get Married!
But is the ex-pat man, Ukrainian woman match a good one?


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From THE EDITOR (31) - Editorial
It was only when I first arrived in Kyiv that I heard people clap when a plane landed, and I couldnt help thinking; Whats that about? Personally, I expect a plane to land when I get on it, and I dont see it as much of a reason to applaud because it does. I mean, its not a relief that it has landed on the right runway in the right city instead of crashing into a mountain, is it? Maybe, during Soviet times, it was cause for celebration, but if that was the case, I think Id have taken the train. While this strange expression of exuberance always leaves me somewhat bemused, I have got used to it to some extent, but as I was flying to Egypt on vacation, something happened that really got my goat people started clapping when the plane took off from Boryspil! Seriously! Whats that about? Talk about tempting fate! Shut up, I wanted to yell. Weve got four hours before there is even the remotest suggestion of a reason for celebration.


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Russia Accuses Ukraine over Georgia - Whats Up?
Russian prosecutors on Monday said they hold irrefutable evidence that a Ukrainian nationalist organisation fought alongside Georgian troops in the brief conflict between Russia and Georgia last year. That would be the one where the huge big monster of a man tried to beat up the little spotty schoolboy, were thinking.
At least 200 (that many?) nationalists from the Ukrainian nationalist paramilitary organisation UNA-UNSO fought against Russian forces during the war, according to Vladimir Markin, speaking from the Russian General Prosecutors office.


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Uk Dealers Selling Ukrainian Arms - Whats Up?
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has ordered an investigation into the possibility that UK-based arms dealers are selling former Soviet weapons from Ukraine to blacklisted countries, according to a report from the BBC. MPs said they were extremely concerned the UK government was unaware of a list of arms dealers licensed by the Ukrainian authorities.
The MPs, known as the Committees on Arms Export Controls, said theyd alerted Mr Miliband to a list of UK dealers granted licences to export small arms from the Soviet weapons stockpile, and the concern is that these arms are finding their way to undesirable locations.


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More Money for Ukraine from the World Bank - Whats Up?
The World Bank is likely to grant Ukraine a further $350 million loan after a previous $400 million loan to help with financial sector recovery, Martin Raiser, World Bank Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova said in a recent interview. The World Bank might give Ukraine the next loan of $350 million to back the revivial of the countrys financial sector, he said.
Not withstanding the fact that the main attention in Ukraine will soon be focused on the upcoming presidential elections, the World Bank will cooperate with the Ukrainian government and the National Bank both in rehabilitating the financial sector and encouraging infrastructure, energy and social reform, he added, before going on to say that the Ukrainian banking system has improved its liquidity portfolio compared to the start of the year.


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Ukrainian Rising Star Knocks out Venus Williams - Whats Up?
Okay, so it might not be Wimbledon, but it must have given Venus Williams a bit of a shock when her run up to the US Open hit a bit of a barrier as she went out in the Rogers Cup in Toronto 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 to Ukrainian star Kateryna Bondarenko. Seeded third in the world, Williams didnt know what hit her when she was well and truly beaten by Bondarenko, who ranks 64th in the world.
Playing at the tournament for the first time since 1997, Venus Williams may be thinking the Rogers Cup holds a bit of a jinx for her, and it may well be just as long before she plays there again after this humiliating defeat.


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Poker Tournament Takes Place Despite Gambling Ban - Whats Up?
The Ukrainian government, for reasons known only to them, imposed a country wide ban on gambling earlier this year, but that didnt stop a massive poker tournament taking place in Kyiv last weekend. In fact, pay a visit to any casino in the city and youll find Texas Hold Em tables now filling the spaces the slot machines and roulette wheels used to occupy, as it seems that the owners of such establishments have cleverly decided poker cant be part of the ban because of the arrival of the tournament. Maybe poker isnt gambling, who knows!


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5 Elegance Arrives in Kyiv - Whats Up?
18 years on from Independence, and Ukraine still lacks much of the infrastructure and amenities European countries take for granted, and that includes this great capital. But slowly things are changing, and one great leap forward is being made this week, at least as far as hotel accommodation is concerned, with the opening of the InterContinental.
Located right in the heart of the city next to Mikhailivska Square, the hotel is bringing a new level of elegance to Kyiv, and is a much-needed addition to the citys hotel offerings.


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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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