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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

EuroMaidan Celebrities Weigh In

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.

That changed because the concept of celebrity changed with the arrival of mass media, film, television, and the Internet. Now you can become famous in less than no time and without doing anything. As EuroMaidan rolls on, Ukrainian celebrities are voicing their opinions the old fashioned way.

Oksana Zabuzhko
Ukraines leading contemporary author and philosopher, winner of the prestigious Central European literary award the Angelus.
I am deadly sure of one thing without a European Kharkiv, there will be no European Ukraine. Yet Ukraine must be European nothing else. Therefore, there is no Ukraine without Kharkiv. No doubt, our fate is being debated in Kyiv today. This is the fate not only of Ukraine, but also of Europe the geopolitical fate of modern civilisation in the years ahead. And anyone watching Ukraine today understands that from her speech to EuroMaidan in Kharkiv.

Oleh Blokhin
Former Ukrainian footballer, current head coach of Dynamo Kyiv in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Our condolences to those killed on both sides! Police are also human beings and Ukrainian citizens! from his interview with ProFutbol (About Football).






Svyatoslav Vakarchuk
Mukachevo-born singer, composer, front man of rock band Okean Elzy.
The Government looks cynical and irresponsible, hiding behind words about the illegal actions of protesters yet provoking these actions to a great extent and, it, in response, crushes all standing in its way. There are thousands of people rallying on Maidan seniors, students, priests, people of different religions and nationalities. Are they all extremists? They are your PEOPLE!..You want to shoot those who, impoverished and demoralised, have been driven to despair? You all promote Christian values. Then do as Christians do and stop the violence! Understand the clean-up of Maidan will lead to nothing, new Maidans will emerge. And the situation will only deteriorate... from his address to the Government.

Yuriy Shevchuk
Soviet and Russian singer/songwriter, founder and frontman of rock band DDT.
I sympathise with Ukraine, the Ukrainian people ordinary citizens. Various people are on Maidan; a revolution is always like this. It attracts the best people, but also outcasts, rogues, gangsters and others like a railway station. My friends and I want Ukraine to find some political solution. I ask the Government to end the bloodshed. History is being made... from his radio interview with Echo Moskvy (Moscow Echo).

Lolita Milyavskaya
Ukrainian-born pop singer and TV presenter. Lives and works in Moscow. Her mother and daughter reside in Kyiv.
Now I can understand how things looked during the Revolution of 1917. It is so barbarian, nationalistic, messy. My family lives 3 kilometres from Maidan. None of my Ukrainian friends or colleagues go to Maidan, they are outraged to see one of the most beautiful squares in Europe being devastated in such a barbarian way... from her interview with LifeNews.

Valentyn Silvestrov
World-renowned Ukrainian piano player and contemporary classical music composer.
This is a moment of truth. We had various Maidans all of them fell to pieces, died out. This Maidan is different. It even looks different it is not only one category of people. All Ukraine has gathered here. There are many people if you look at them who are more educated than the politicians. The people have already won from his interview with Den Kyiv.Ua.

by Anna Azarova, Lana Nicole, Olga German, and Vadym Mishkoriz

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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.


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