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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.


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.


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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From THE EDITOR (16) - Editorial
Whenever I meet anyone for the first time here in Kyiv, the initial question is almost always, Where are you from? Having ascertained place of birth, and cross-examined a little bit more (Im a real hoot in conversation), Whats the next step, wheres the next port of call, is often the next query. The question itself maybe isnt so strange: people come and go here all the time, a sad reality sometimes in and of itself, especially considering the great friendships often formed. The more I think about it, however, its why I ask the question that seems a bit out of place. As a fairly transient country, at least where the international community is concerned, I used to think of Ukraine as little more than the few odd stamps I had in my passport.


This Week in History - Whats Up?
6 May 1686
The Eternal Peace Treaty between the Russian and Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is signed in Moscow. According to the treaty, the Zaporizhian Sich, the Siverian region, the cities of Chernihiv, Starodub, Smolensk and their outskirts are granted to Russia. Poland, on the other hand, retains the right bank of Ukraine.


Big Bang - Whats Up?
Explosions in Dnipropetrovsk stirred a dozing SBU into action on Friday 27 April, as no intel had even hinted at any possible terrorist attack in the eastern city. The [first] bomb exploded from a rubbish bin at a tram station, some sources report, while others claim it was a grenade. Despite different reports, 30 people were ultimately injured after second, third and fourth explosions. Security worked to identify just who might have been behind the attacks.


Art Thieves in the Rada - Whats Up?
Theres a swindle afoot: two valuable paintings in Ukrainian government offices have been swapped with fakes!
The National Art Museum lent a couple of Mykola Hlushchenko landscapes to the government in 2001. But upon closer inspection, including chemical tests that show both paintings to be replicas, the museum is calling for a criminal investigation.


Germany Urges Europe to Boycott Ukraine Matches - Whats Up?
First came the report in German Tabloid, Bild, in which Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said that the dictatorship of Ukraine must not be allowed to use EURO 2012 to prop up its image without reforms. Visits by ministers and prime ministers are out of the question under the current circumstances, he was quoted saying. And argued the Ukrainian government should immediately release Tymoshenko.


Sakuras in Bloom - Whats Up?
The alley of almost 400 sakuras in Kyivs Kyoto Park (Desnyansky region) made it into the Guinness Book of World Records on 28 April. Dutch seedlings were planted in September of 2011, and the alley, which is 1.8 kilometres in length, is in full bloom.
Kyoto Park was founded back in 1972 as a symbol of friendship between the Japanese metropolis and Kyiv. The trees were planted to celebrate the 40th anniversary since the two became twin cities.


Real Life Barbie Causes aSensation - Whats Up?
Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova has become an overnight sensation due to her rather frightening appearance. The 21-year-old has apparently been under the plastic surgeons knife many times in pursuit of her dream: to look like a real-life Barbie doll. And surprisingly, she has achieved the desired effect. Not only has her face been reshaped to resemble a dolls (which it does in a very alarming way) but shes had ribs removed and her breasts enlarged to give her the hour-glass shape, only ever achievable in plastic or through the use of an airbrush.
In fact, we here at the Whats On office were convinced that Valerias startling appearance was in fact a hoax, created by an evil Photoshop genius.


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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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