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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 31 (2013)

31 (2013)/2013
30 August - 5 September
Back to the Books
1 September issues in a return to school head into one of Kyivs local libraries and get educated 


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From The Editor (31) - Editorial
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of sitting in the company of Hollywood film director Charles Matthau, son of the late Walter Matthau, beloved for various films, such as The Odd Couple, The Bad News Bears, and Grumpy Old Men. Matthaus reasons for being in Kyiv were two-fold: 1. To participate on the jury of casting a number of models in a few upcoming fashion videos by Paris-based fashion photographer Camilo Him (see details on page 24), and 2. To visit a country to which he has ties.


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This Week in History - Whats Up?
31 August 1898
Kyiv Polytechnic Institute opens. Built on donations gathered from local residents and businesspeople, students of all social and financial statuses were free to apply turning this university into one that has become one of the most-respected in the country


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Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?
Slava Ukraini!
Glory to Ukraine! This is the greeting Ukrainian patriots use to greet each other. As with all Ukrainian phrases there is an appropriate answer, which in this case is Heroyam slava! Glory to the Heroes! Were you a member of the Party of Regions you might have your own variant.

Son of Deputy Runs Over Pedestrian - Whats Up?
A 26 -year-old man was killed instantly when he was struck by a speeding car, allegedly driven by the son of a Khmelnitsky deputy on the night of Wednesday 21 August.
Oleh Krushelnytsky was on a pedestrian-crossing in Khmelnitsky, when he was hit by a Toyota car travelling at a speed estimated to be at least 120 kilometres per hour. The force of the impact threw Krushelnytskys body through the air, landing several metres from the crossing. The driver of the Toyota has been named as 19 -year-old Dmytro Chervonyuk, the son of the deputy of the local legislation branch.


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Ukraine Cheap Tourist Destination - Whats Up?
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation has a little index they like to use for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, and it appears Ukraine has sparked their interest by making it to the top spot in terms of cost efficiency.
Last year was a big one for the country, which saw 23 million tourists visit making Ukraine the 12th most visited country in 2012, and of the top 20, it was also the cheapest.


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Nuclear Disasters Monitored From Space - Whats Up?
Japan and Ukraine have agreed on a joint satellite project to track the state of the two worst nuclear disaster sites in history Chornobyl and Fukushima.
Japans Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with his Ukrainian counterpart Leonid Kozhara on Monday 26 August here in Ukraine where they discussed a plan to put into orbit eight miniature satellites by 2014, which will gather information on the effects of radioactive fallout on the areas adjacent to the plants.


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Ukraine Must Choose - Whats Up?
Ukraine has been told in no uncertain terms that it cannot, under any circumstances, be a part of both the Russian-led Customs UNI0N and the European UNI0N at the same time. It was a remark made by Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, after Ukrainian PM Mykola Azarov and Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev met at the Gorky residence in Moscow on Monday 26 August.


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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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