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Kyiv, Not Kiev. Why Ukrainians care so much about their capital’s spelling

The difference in spelling of the Ukrainian capital seems small, yet it's profound. The Kyiv Post's explains why.

‘Kiev’ is the Russia word for Ukraine’s capital and pronounced like the dish ‘Chicken Kiev’. ‘Kyiv’ is the Ukrainian phonetic spelling and not just a Ukrainian preference, but the actual name of the country’s capital. Here is a good explanation of why it matters and how it’s properly pronounced.

 

The Kyiv Post↗