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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 13 (2013)

13 (2013)/2013
12 April - 18 April
The birds are Back
Which means that spring, along with a fabulous exhibition by Spanish artist Isidro Ferrer, features prominently this week in Kyiv


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From THE EDITOR (13) - Editorial
I love the fact that people here pride themselves on their culture, their language, their heritage. I am not Ukrainian by blood. But I have spent a good part of my life surrounded by people who are, and having engaged in spreading the Ukrainian message across the continents for years, I have come to feel as though I might be a little Ukrainian at heart. I drink vodka (albeit only it theres salo or some kind of pickle around), I can hopak with the best of them, and I have come to wear tapachky at home even though our floors really arent that cold. Yes, sometimes, I feel more Ukrainian than Canadian.


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
14 April 1768 
Maksym Zaliznyak and Ivan Honta organise one of the biggest rebellions in Ukraine, named Koliyivshchyna. Cossacks and peasants rise up against serfdom, and national and religious oppression of Ukrainians by Poland. Unfortunately, it quickly becomes an ethnic-cleansing campaign against the Poles, Jews and other non-Orthodox Ukrainians. It is stamped out in 1769 with its leaders violently executed. 

15 April 1893
The famous Ukrainian opera singer Solomiya Krushelnytska makes her debut in Italy in Donicettis opera La Favorite. The whole world knows of the Ukrainian singer a few years later when she is called Wagners Prima of the 20th century.


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A Rosy Future - Whats Up?
Plans to make the city more beautiful are in the making with the planting of 1 million roses this year. According to Mykhailo Tsarenko, general director of KyivZelenBud, May alone will see the planting of 500,000 seedlings, creating an expected 60 rose gardens throughout the Ukrainian capital. Twenty million hryvnia has been set aside for the project, which includes roses of Ukrainian production only.
But this isnt the only project the city has on the go in order it become a more pleasant place to live, KyivZelenStroy is also working on a project that will help make bus stops, cleaner and greener. According to Tsarenko, an estimated 1,400,000hrv is need for what they are calling the vertical greening programme.


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The Country Continues to Get Wet - Whats Up?
The weather has been source for scorn for several months and if current reports are to be believed (and theres no reason they shouldnt be) this contempt isnt about to let up anytime soon. Heres why: as of the morning of Monday 8 April, 89 settlements throughout the country were facing what the government is calling a State of Emergency in the form of flooding.


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Distinction But No Class - Whats Up?
Who is the man wearing this Ulysse Nardin Genghis Khan Tourbillon Minute Repeater 786-88, valued at $650,000? Why its big-time businessman Serhiy Kiy. Kiy is connected with Rinat Ahmetov, Boris Kolesnikov, and Ihor Huneniuk, he is the 66th richest man in Ukraine (according to Focus) in various things including mining and coke production, and he is a Party of Regions deputy. In this link provided below he was caught on camera late last month voting on a bill for deputy Volodymyr Maltsev who was not in his seat.


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Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Yak u tebe spravy? 
This is the Ukrainian equivalent to the English How are you doing? Mind though, should you ask a Ukrainian this question be ready to listen to a long, drawn-out story, instead of the quick and painless Thanks, Im fine answer you might have been hoping for.

A New Ruling on Train Tickets - Whats Up?
What was once a nightmare for foreigners wanting to tour the country, has been remedied, or at least improved, thanks to a ruling made by the State Administration of Railway Transport of Ukraine, UkrZaliznytsia. According to Ihor Breus of the passenger department, three errors will be allowed in the name of the traveller when booking train tickets: Errors are allowed in no more than three letters. However, a passenger is required to check the spelling after disclosing the last name, he said.


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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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