|On the cover|
Tunnelling Towards Hope
|28 February - 6 March 2014|
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 EuroMaidan’s three-month-long protests, made headlines around the globe. It was here, on 19 January the country’s 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.
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.
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.
|What's On Archive ¹ 32 (2013)|
6 September - 12 September
Kyiv’s Velvet Hearts beat for Charity
We talk to four young ladies about their commendable efforts
Just a Minute
Take me out!
|From The Editor (32) - Editorial|
I once heard Ukraine compared to a child with Downs Syndrome – the country was able to complete all of the necessary functions in life, but outside of feeding itself, and going to the toilet, there wasn’t much hope for anything else.
There are many, many things wrong with this analysis. And I don’t believe this to be true any more than I believe in flying leprechauns, however, it raises the point about how others see this great country and what it is capable or, in this case, incapable of.
|This Week in History - Whats Up?|
9 September 1769
Well-known Ukrainian writer Ivan Kotlyarevsky is born. He is famous for being the first in Ukraine to introduce a Ukrainian literary language. Before this time, writers used variations of old Slavonic languages.
|Weekly Language Tutorial - Whats Up?|
Take care of yourself.
A very touching and kind-hearted saying in both languages, which we pass on to journalist Kateryna Kyselyova as she embarks on a new job.
|Ukrainian Politicians Get Lippy - Whats Up?|
As we inch closer to November, the month of the signing of that elusive Association Agreement, Ukraine’s parliament seem to be getting more and more vocal about their support for the EU as opposed to the Russian-led Customs UNI0N, and Russia in general.
Talking to Al Bayan, the Arabic-language newspaper of the United Arab Emirates, Ihor Prasolov, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, was quoted as saying, “Ukraine will never exchange national interests, national security and sovereignty for cheap Russian gas.”
Yeah, you tell ’em Ihor.
|Goodbye to Femen in Ukraine – At Least For Now - Whats Up?|
Founding members of feminist protest group Femen hit the road in search of greener pastures, or at least freer ones, last weekend, saying they fear for their lives.
Oleksandra Shevchenko, Anna Hutsol and Yana Zhdanova are “fearing for their lives and for their liberty” according to a statement on their website Saturday 31 August, and have fled Ukraine. This sudden move comes after the trio were called in for questioning the day before, which they link to the discovery of a handgun and hand grenade during a search of Femen’s Kyiv office by police on Tuesday that week.
|Suspended Sentence Handed Out - Whats Up?|
Three thugs have been brought to justice after beating two journalists in Kyiv this spring.
It was during an opposition gathering on 18 May when a group of black track-suited men, dubbed the Adidas Party of Ukraine, thought it a good idea to pound a little on journalists Olha Snitsarchuk and Vadym Sodel. But on Tuesday 2 September, the three men involved in this particular incident received suspended prison sentences from a Kyiv court of between two and three years.
|President Dr Ironfist - Whats Up?|
The feeling that many of us have had about Vitaliy Klitschko taking up the ticket for Ukraine’s presidential election in 2015 continues to grow stronger this week thanks to a news report on BBC.
Talking to a correspondent for the British Broadcasting Corporation on Friday 30 August, the leader of Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms, better known as UDAR (punch) was quite clear about his intentions: “My main goal is for Ukraine to be a European, modern country with European standards of life.”
|Rights We Didn’t 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 don’t understand the meaning of these words.
| Kyiv Culture|
Located on Hrushevskoho Street – the epicentre of EuroMaidan violence, home to battles, blazes and barricades – children’s 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. What’s On meets Mykola Petrenko, art director of the Theatre, to learn more about those who pull the strings behind the show.