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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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Ukraine Today
Died before 18 February
Pavlo Mazurenko, 41, Lviv
Yuriy Verbytskiy, 50, Lviv
Serhiy Nihoyan, 20, Bereznuvatovka
Mykhailo Zhyznevskiy, 25, Belarus
Roman Sennyk, 45, Turka
Bohdan Kalinyak, 52, Kolomyia
Serhiy Sinenko, (age not specified), Zaporizhya


I dont think anyone slept that night. When I learned of the metro closing, I didnt think about how I was going to get home. And it wasnt about trying to look patriotic or empathic it was about a new way of thinking, thinking not only about myself.
The reason it was closed, a reality that has already become quite customary, was clear. In fact its closure occurs so often these days it might make sense to include it in some kind of weekly schedule.

The Molotov cocktail has been a staple libation in recent clashes between pro-democracy activists and those acting on behalf of former president Viktor Yanukovych over the last month. Also known as the petrol bomb or poor mans grenade, its origins can be traced to confrontations not so different from our own.
The Molotov cocktail is a makeshift bomb made of a breakable container filled with flammable liquid and provided with usually a rag wick that is lighted just before being hurled. Used frequently in urban guerrilla warfare, these incendiary devices, along with cobblestones and pared down footpath bricks, have been the primary self defence of EuroMaidan against an aggressive, murderous governmental regime.

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.

The EuroMaidan movement may be centred in Kyiv, but its eventual result could be determined in the mainly Russian-speaking cities of Eastern Ukraine. The voices of those away from Ukraines seat of power give a mixed point-of-view Whats On takes a listen to those from the heartland of Government support and finds EuroMaidan is not just dividing Ukraines east and west, its dividing families.

Almost 200 years ago Lord Acton coined the oft quoted phrase: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Those words capture the reasons for a phenomenon as old as human history revolution. The 20th and 21st centuries have brought more revolutions than in all recorded history. Whats On looks at recent revolutions as Ukraine awaits the outcome of its own.

The Verkhovna Rada literally Supreme Council of Ukraine is the highest legislative body in the country. It consists of 450 deputies from various parties across the political spectrum. According to constitutional changes made in 2011, the Rada is elected every five years. The world gets an insight into the work of Ukraines politicians, or deputies, for all the wrong reasons when they brawl, when they rig votes, and now as the power-holders battle for political survival against the opposition and half the Ukrainian population.
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The wheels fell off President Viktor Yanukovychs unchecked roll on power in late November. A failed Association Agreement with the European UNI0N was the catalyst, and then, slowly but surely, the protests evolved. The Yanukovych administration is under siege, but how did it come to this point? Whats On looks at the rapid rise and potential fall of an alleged dictator as Ukrainian people fight back against the countrys biggest bully.

Berkut in English means golden eagle, and not unlike these birds of prey in the animal kingdom, Ukraines special police forces are equally versed in falconry. Having engaged in skulduggery of all sorts for more than 20 years, it may be time to clip some wings.

Afghanistan an arid mountainous country dominated by three decades of war. It remains one of the worlds most dangerous countries, but as it is seemingly just desert, why pay with 15,000 Soviet lives for this territory? Were those lives the right price to pay for the gas, oil, and comfortable transport link that, despite the cost, the Soviet regime never managed to take?


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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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