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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 47 (2012)

47 (2012)/2012
21 December - 27 December
Get tangled up in Christmas!
Kyiv is getting fabulously festive take it all in!


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From THE EDITOR (47) - Editorial
I was hurled into the Christmas spirit over the weekend when a group I happened to be with thought it would be a good idea to stand up in a very public and crowded place to sing carols. We sang, the room went silent, we sat down, and everybody went back to their business. What was great was that a neighbouring group took it upon themselves to respond in kind. Which got me to thinking; Christmas is great for bringing out the nutter in all of us! 
With that thought, I will love you and leave to your own holiday celebrations with this: The 12 Days of Christmas a la Whats On (better sung, of course).
 


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
23 December 1913 
The Illya Muromets, an airplane designed and constructed by Ihor Sikorky, makes its first flight. Later, during WWI, it will be used as a bomb carrier for its weight capacity of 800kg. 

26 December 1923 
The first Ukrainian-language opera is staged in the Kharkiv Opera Theatre. The main characters are performed by eminent Ukrainian opera singers Mariya Lytvynenk-Volgemut and Ivan Kozlovsky.


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Kyiv Restaurants Get Busy with the Anti-Smoking Law - Whats Up?
Ukraines anti-smoking law, prohibiting smoking in public places and eateries such as restaurants, pubs and cafés, came into effect on 16 December, with many proprietors already lamenting the loss of customers. However, the smart ones have already installed or are in the process of installing special closed-off smoking booths.


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This just in - Whats Up?
Eighteen people in Ukraine have died this month already, due to  the cold snap that has hit Eastern Europe. Twelve of those people were found dead on the streets, three in their homes and three while receiving medical treatment, revealed the Health Ministry earlier this week. Temperatures are dropping as low as -15 during the day and -28 at night among various regions of Ukraine.


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High Speed Trains Stall - Whats Up?
Their arrival was touted with much fanfare, promising to slash travel times between major Ukrainian cities. Except it seems Ukraines high speed ​​trains are often going nowhere fast.
Ukrainian Pravda reports more than a dozen breakdowns of the Hyundai fast trains in the past two weeks. The trains, which started running ahead of the UEFA European Football Championships, were supposed to drag the countrys antiquated rail system into the 21st century.


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Puzzle Over Kharkiv Beheadings - Whats Up?
It is a case that chillingly echoes that of slain Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze; however the motive for the beheading of this Kharkiv judge and his family last weekend remains a mystery. 
According to a release from the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kharkiv, police are investigating after the grisly discovery of the headless bodies of Judge Volodymyr Trofimov, wife Irina, 59, the couples 30-year old son Serhiy, and his girlfriend Marina Zoueva, 29.


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Azarov Says Ukraine Will Join Customs UNI0N - Whats Up?
According to a report in the Russian press, quoting an interview on Ukrainian TV with Prime Minister Azarov, movement towards the Russian-led customs UNI0N is in the national interests of Ukraine, because countries belonging to it are major trading partners.
Over a third of our trade turnover is linked with the customs UNI0N, hes quoted as saying. This reality forces us to seek consensus, and sign off on individual agreements of the customs UNI0N.
Now hows that for a U-turn? He went on to say, somewhat naïvely, that he thought Ukraine could act simultaneously with the EU and the customs UNI0N.


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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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