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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 9 (2011)

9 (2011)/2011
18 March - 24 March
Kyivs Familiar Frescos
A look at antique art and architecture in the city


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From THE EDITOR (9) - Editorial
At the weekend, I watched NEDS, a movie set in seventies Glasgow focusing on the knife culture that was very prevalent there at that time (I never understood why Scottish filmmakers always seem intent on focusing on the countrys dirty underbelly as if the violent nature of some Scottish cities housing schemes were something to be proud of), and still is, albeit to a lesser extent today. Watching the movie highlighted the issue of just how lucky we are to live in a city like Kyiv where violence is almost unheard of. According to a recent poll, 15 percent of Ukrainians want to leave the country as they hope life will be better abroad (see page 4). Well let me tell you, while times may be tough here and jobs not easy to come by, life is not actually greener anywhere else.


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Ukraine Parachutists Set a New World Record! - Whats Up?
Or at least thats the claim in many news reports currently circulating, but when we tried to find out exactly which record they broke, information on that point is sadly lacking. 
However, what they did certainly deserves a mention, even if it didnt actually break any records. At the weekend, five of them along with two cameramen and photographers went three kilometres up in a hot air balloon and then jumped.
First they formed a star, and then a chain, all within one minute, which is apparently the record they claim to have set. Most of the parachutists, Oleh Martynovskiy, Kateryna Logginova, Hanna Vashchenko, Oleh Shapovalov, and Petro Ryzhilo already have their names in the record books for various outstanding feats, and now they can add this to their record breaking attempts.


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Ukraine Offers Help to Japan - Whats Up?
The devastation caused by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan has shocked the world, and as various nuclear power plants in the country are in threat of going into meltdown, the Ukrainian government has offered assistance.
At the time of going to press, a 45-strong rescue squad with special equipment for use in earthquake disaster zones and dogs trained to search for people under rubble, was packed and ready to leave for Japan.


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Ukrainian Music Winning Awards Abroad! - Whats Up?
For many people, thinking of Ukrainian music brings images to mind of scantily clad girls miming to prerecorded tracks and dancing out of time, but there are some very talented musicians in Ukraine and now theyve been recognised abroad.
First up were top Ukrainian rockers Okean Elzy who won a prestigious award from a top Russian radio station because their songs More for You and I Want so Much topped the charts for many weeks.
At the same time, popular Ukrainian band Haydamaky received a Golden Disc in Poland for an album it made in cooperation with Polish band Voo Voo. The album, simply entitled Voo Voo and Haydamaky sold massive amounts, bringing them both a coveted Gold Album.


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Turchynov Speaks Out! - Whats Up?
Given a rare outing on local TV, Tymoshenkos first deputy Oleksandr Turchynov focused on the countrys finances when interviewed at the weekend on 5 Channel. During the interview he tried to pinpoint those actually behind the purchase of Ukrtelecom, and he then went on to say the country is running a serious risk of default.
Regarding the sale of Ukrtelecom, he said: By creating weird tender terms, other bidders in the sales were denied participation.


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15 Percent Of Ukrainians Want to Leave - Whats Up?
According to a recent poll, since the current government came to power, more and more Ukrainians under the age of thirty are looking to leave the country and find a life for themselves elsewhere. The poll showed that 15 percent of the people in Ukraine want to leave, and that most who wish to do so are in the twenty-something age bracket.


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Here Today Gone Tomorrow - Ukraine Today
Kyiv changes every year: expanding far, high and wide to keep up with the ever-developing European world. With contracts for new buildings on the increase, Ukrainian land has never been so sought after, and old architectural masterpieces are often sacrificed for the sake of the new and modern. Making the city unique and beautiful, buildings like these were a part of the citys history. It is an unfortunate fact their demolishers did not think likewise, turning them instead to rubble and debris.


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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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