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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 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 32 (2010)

32 (2010)/2010
3 September - 9 September
Gogolfest Returns with La Fura dels Baus
This year Gogolfest will host a performance from the cutting edge Spanish theatre company


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From THE EDITOR (32) - Editorial
One of the really great things about life in Kyiv, is the great and interesting people you meet. About 18 months ago, the crazy Panamanian Texan Kris Duffy (or just Duffy) blew into town in a whirlwind of social dexterity, beer consumption, and raucous laughter. Within only a few months he knew more people in town than I did after five years of living here as his ability to seek out new venues, his affable outgoing nature, his constant smile, his inclusion of the words and whatnot ten times in every sentence, and bandy legs you could easily kick a football through when he was standing with his feet together endeared him to everyone he met. In addition to beer drinking and socialising, his CV includes a long list of very useful talents, for example, as well as being a master at tabletop football (thats foozball to our American friends) and table tennis (ping pong), hes also a mediocre bowler.


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Utah Arrives in Kyiv - Whats Up?
Mormons flocked to Kyiv at the weekend for the official opening of the Kyiv Ukraine Temple, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints first temple built inside the former Soviet UNI0N.
All over the place there were men clad in white shirts and ties, and women in long dresses, taking in the city sites, and Pechersk Lavra Monastery and Andriivkiy Uzviz seemed the most popular among them.
Apparently, on 9 September 1991, just a couple of weeks after Ukraine gained independence, the government gave full recognition to the LDS Church. A  couple of days later, in return, Elder Boyd K, Pacler of the Quorom of the Twelve (?) pronounced an apostolic blessing on the then new nation.


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Russian Motorist Removes Traffic Cops Finger with his Teeth - Whats Up?
We might give the Ukrainian police a hard time, and it is probably deserved, but you have to feel a little bit sorry for the Ukrainian traffic cop in Zaporizhia who had his finger bitten off by a Russian motorist.
It all started when police clocked a Russian-registered Lexus traveling at 180 km/h in a 90 km/h limit. The police pulled the car over and the man inside presented a Russian police identification card, and said he should be let off because he is a law enforcer himself.
The Ukrainian police disagreed (probably due to the absence of a bribe) and issued a speeding ticket. The whole thing apparently descended into a brawl, during which our luckless hero had the tip of his finger bitten off by the Russian.


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Dinosaur Extinction Happened inUkraine - Whats Up?
Until now it has been thought that the giant Chicxulub crater in the Gulf of Mexico was the site of a single meteor strike millions of years ago that is thought to have caused the extinction of dinosaurs on earth.
But evidence recently uncovered here in Ukraine has raised the possibility that the big reptiles were wiped out by a series of meteor strikes over thousands of years.


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Please Sir, Can we have Some More (discount on gas)? - Whats Up?
This is enough to make your head spin and frazzle your brain. We seem to be writing about this issue almost every week, but every week it just keeps getting better and better (or worse and worse). Only a few months after the new government jeopardised the countrys sovereignty by allowing Russias Black Sea Fleet to stay in Sevastopil until 2042 in return for cheap gas, the very same government has come out and said the discount is not enough and wants more. So why on earth would you do such a deal in the first place?
We have set a goal to revise the extremely unfavourable agreement with the Russian Federation and we will continue to try to convince our Russian partner of the need to do this, Prime Minister Azarov said during a cabinet meeting last Wednesday. Extremely unfavourable? So again we ask, why on earth did you do such a deal?


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Yanukovych Sweats over Press Freedoms Grilling - Whats Up?
President Yanukovych went off to Berlin on Monday for a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel. He had hoped to focus on economic issues, but before he went he faced a tough grilling from the German media on the deterioration of press freedoms in Ukraine. In an interview with Deutsche Welle and other German Media, he was asked some very pertinent questions, none of which he could answer effectively. We hope that Angela Merkel grilled him in the same fashion, which is likely after Nico Lang, the Director of the Konrad-Adenauer political foundation was denied entry to Ukraine and detained at Boryspil Airport for several hours.


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Book Em Danylo - Ukraine Today
With more and more internationals making paths across Ukraines border, Kyivs police force has been getting out and cleaning up the citys streets. And while this would typically be a welcome respite to the complete lack of attention residents often receive from City Administration, our boys in blue seem to be focusing in on all the wrong people. To find out just whats been going on, the Whats On team have put on our night vision goggles and dusted off our super hearing enhancement devices and gone on a mission


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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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