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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 31 (2012)

31 (2012)/2012
31 August - 6 September
Kids in Kyiv
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From THE EDITOR (31) - Editorial
When PAN Publishing took over Whats On more than three years ago, the magazine became more about family, and family life in Kyiv. We still like to ruffle a feather or two when it come to issues for which Kyiv is typically known, like the girls and the guys that love them. But, generally, Whats On is all about whats on in the capital for one and all. This week, with children returning from their summer hiatuses for the first days of school, and/or families coming home from vacations abroad, we thought wed dedicate almost a whole issue to the kids of Kyiv. Growing up in the Ukrainian capital is a wonderful thing. With so much to do and see, you literally have the world at your fingertips. Traditionally known as a green city, weve got not one but two botanical gardens, plus tonnes of parks and green spaces spread throughout our nearly 840km2.


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
2 September 1794
Empress Ekaterina II decrees that the village of Khadgibey will become an official  town. The following year sees the town renamed as Odesa one of Ukraines most beautiful and interesting then and now. 

31 August 1898
Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, or KPI, opens its doors. Students arrive and begin classes the very next day.


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Ukraines Great Escape - Whats Up?
So, a couple of large tunnels have been found in western Ukraine (lets call them Tom and Dick), leading from Uzhgorod into Slovakia, and were pretty sure there will be at least one more (Harry), quite possibly a lot more. Its enough to make you envision Charles Bronson in a knitted vest covered in dirt and Steve McQueen throwing a baseball against a wall.


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Is Totalitarianism Making a Comeback? - Whats Up?
Hopefully not. However, this may well be the impression one is left with after taking a gander at some of the back-to-school notebooks on sale in one particular bookshop in the centre of town. 
Picturing a rather resolute Stalin and unyielding Lenin, this latest series of copybooks available for your schoolchildren is entitled, Glamorous Tyrants. But thats not all! Another option featuring the Soviet star and Kalashnikov, with corresponding text: nothing calms better than a Kalashnikov, is surely the message you want to send your 6-year-old.


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Big Vik Turns onthe Ukrainian Charm - Whats Up?
Hes a man not known for his knowledge of the Ukrainian language, famously unveiling the Christmas Tree on Maidan only toforget the Ukrainian word for Christmas Tree, and use the Russian instead. Hes also a man who has just, amid huge protests, signed Russian into Ukrainian legislation as an official language.


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The Chupacabras Comeback - Whats Up?
Throughout various parts of the world, the Chupacabra is a mythical beast, which feasts on the blood of goats, chickens, rabbits and household pets. Used by parents to scare their children into behaving, ask little ones in places like Latin America, the Philippines and Russia about this four-legged monster and watch their eyes bulge at the mere mention. Like the stories of the Brothers Grimm, its been nothing more than mere fairytale. That is, until now.


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Local Peculiarity in Donetsk - Whats Up?
Trolling the local news sites as we do, we see lots of interesting things, and often. While we are often appalled at some of the antics that occur in this country, there are occasions when we are pleasantly surprised. 
A new and very unique shop has recently opened in Donetsk, called Angel.


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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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