|On the cover|
Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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.
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.
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.
|What's On Archive ¹ 7 (2012)|
2 March - 8 March
The first What’s On Face of Kyiv Cover Girl
This could be you, find out how inside
On the Sofa with...
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Just a Minute
|From THE EDITOR (7) - Editorial|
An Ode to the Gals of Ukraine
The Ukrainian woman is complex,
Some say she’s the weaker sex,
She’s hot then she’s cold,
She’s yes then she’s no,
But she’s allowed – she looks good in spandex
She works hard at all that she does,
And she is always successful because,
She makes a good borsch,
While dreams of owning a Porsche,
And somehow sets the city abuzz
She attracts men from all over the world,
Many toes I’m sure she has curled,
But she’s more than just good looks,
She also reads books,
|This Week in History - Whats Up?|
4 March 1750
Kyrylo Rozumovsky is elected Hetman of the Left Bank of Ukraine. Four years later, the council includes the Right Bank as well. As the last Ukrainian Hetman, Rozymovsky re-establishes Baturyn as the Hetmanate capital, reforms the Cossack military and better develops the principles of science and culture
|SBU Foils Putin Assassination Plot! - Whats Up?|
Why? Might be the first question that springs to mind, and it might be a valid one considering the gas wars currently taking place. But nonetheless, the SBU announced on Monday they’d arrested two men in Odesa recently who were apparently plotting to assassinate Putin.
Russian pro-government Channel One television made the announcement, stating the two men were part of a group seeking an independent Islamist state in Russia’s North Caucuses.
This was quickly followed by a statement from the SBU. “I can officially confirm they were preparing an assassination attempt on Putin,” said Marina Ostapenko, a spokeswoman.
|Good News - Whats Up?|
Most of the news this week seems to be of a negative sort. Kinda brings you down doesn’t it? But be melancholic and miserable no longer, because we have learned there is much to celebrate!
The Financial Times fDi Intelligence Unit has recently released its Annual European Cities and Regions of the Future 2012/2013 report, in which Ukraine has done remarkably well.
|A Prize for Peace - Whats Up?|
Continuing with the political absurdity this week, according to The Star, announced earlier this week, Yulia Tymoshenko has been nominated for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. She is up against tough competition, however, as two hundred and thirty-one nominations have been submitted in total, including Bradley Manning, the US Private charged with the biggest leak of classified information in US history, and Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina.
|The World and the Former PM - Whats Up?|
It seems Tymoshenko has fans all over the world as even Korean students have taken up the fight against the jailing of the former Prime Minster. Last weekend, students from Hanil High School in South Chungcheong Province rallied in front of the Ukrainian Embassy in Yongsan, Seoul. Hoping to raise public awareness, protestors threw roses over the fence, one even went so far as to say, “Korea and Ukraine both have in common a past of being under the rule of dictatorships.
|See the Incredible Two-Headed Tortoise - Whats Up?|
An unnamed Ukrainian man has been raising a two-headed tortoise in secret, it would appear. Until now, that is, as the man has handed the incredible specimen over to the National Science Museum in Kyiv, where it is now on public display.
Strictly speaking, it’s not actually a two-headed tortoise, but conjoined twins, with each head having its own personality. “The left one is more dominant,” explains Yuri Yuravliov, a local zoologist.
|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|
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.