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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 History
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.

Though literally meaning a square, the Ukrainian word Maidan is a word undergoing evolution, or is that revolution? Since Ukraines independence movement in 1990, Kyivs Maidan Nezalezhnosti has been Ukraines epicentre for political rallies: the 1990 student Revolution on Granite, Ukraine without Kuchma in 2001, 2004s Orange Revolution and now the ongoing EuroMaidan. Thus, Maidan has come to mean as much a rallying cry as it does a place to rally, and it is a term now known globally. Whats On looks at how a square has become synonymous with pushes for political change.

In historical monarchic terms their reign was brief about 500 years but the territory of modern Ukraine was once the seat of power of what was then Kyivan Rus. Before them had come the Scythians, the Greeks, the Goths, the Huns, the Bulgars, and the Khazars, it was only in the 9th century did Kyiv become a seat of power in its own right. However, in this age of empires, what is now Ukraine would cede to foreign domination again from the 14th century and for the next 700 years. Whats On looks at the brief reign of rulers of a territory that has possibly changed hands more than any other in Europe.

Hes a historical legend, locations in Kyiv and across the country bear his name and his bearded face stares out from the 50hrv bill. Yet one of the greatest projects of his life ended in failure. Whats On looks at the life of Mykhailo Hrushevsky born 147 years ago on 29 September.
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Fiddler on the Roof changed the way the world viewed Jewish life at the beginning of the 19th century in Eastern Europe. Based on the tales of Tevye the Milkman, it was the longest-running Broadway musical for nearly 10 years, and among dozens of other plays, short stories and novels, it helped save a place in literary history for its Ukrainian Yiddish author, Sholem Aleichem.
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Sixty-eight years ago, Kyiv was a city on its knees. World War II had ended in Europe with VE Day (Victory in Europe) on 8 May 1945. The USSR celebrated the end of hostilities in what it dubbed the Great Patriotic War a day later. In Kyiv, there was little to celebrate, there were no scenes of jubilation as seen on both sides of the Atlantic in Trafalgar and Times squares, instead weary survivors simply tried to eke out an existence in the rubble. To commemorate Victory Day, Whats On looks at the event that forever changed the face of the city.

Ukrainian history is shrouded in mystery, intrigue and geopolitical and ideological struggles the story of Yaroslav the Wise is no exception. Russian imperialistic history presents Yaroslav the Wise as the glorious Kyiv Rus prince who united Kyiv Rus into a prosperous and powerful state and sparked a cultural bloom. In 2004, the Orthodox Churchs Moscow Patriarchate proclaimed him a saint. This year, it is believed, is the 1030th anniversary of his birth, giving us a chance to look at one of Ukraines most significant historical figures and to separate some fact from fiction in this 1000-year old legend.
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As the EURO has packed up its bags and beer tents, thoughts are turning to the domestic season, which kicks off here in August. For fans of Dynamo though, its as-you-were during the EURO, as the club now play their home matches at the Olympic Stadium. But what of their former home, the much-loved Lobanovskiy, over on Hrushevskoho
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Okay, lets admit from the start: neither Russia nor Ukraine know how to build a truly good car now, let alone in Soviet times. These countries can be proud of their aircrafts and space programmes, beautiful arts and music, but cars they never really got out of first gear. So, lets see what the results of almost a hundred years history are.

Throughout our illustrious past, there have been many influential people whose names have been cast into the books of Ukrainian history. It goes without saying that almost all of them were Ukrainian, but there are also many foreigners who have had a tremendous impact on the development of this country. Some of them pushed the nation forward, while others caused deadlock. Rather than focus on the bad, lets take a look at those who done good.
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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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