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Kiev vs. Kyiv…
Ukraine to borrow abroad to pay for April T-bills
KIEV, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Ukraine will try to borrow abroad soon in order to meet a hefty bill for domestic debt due in April, deputy finance minister Andriy Kravets said on Monday, indicating however that the loan would be not be public.
An observation, not a question. Will you please stop spelling Kyiv by the old transliteration from Russian.
Ukrainian is the official language of Ukraine, not Russian.
The National Geographic and US State Department switched well over a year ago to the proper spelling of my nation’s capital — Kyiv.
We try to communicate with readers using geographic names they commonly understand.
Changes in our style do occur, but the timing is always a judgment call. It’s difficult to know precisely when Peking becomes Beijing, Burma becomes Myanmar, Cambodia becomes Kampuchea and then Cambodia again.
Kiev is not the Russian spelling. It is the commonly accepted English language spelling of the name.
We are not writing in Ukrainian, we are writing in English, so we use commonly understood English names for cities – hence Munich rather than Muenchen, Cologne not Koeln, Rome not Roma, etc.
We don’t follow the U.S. State Department as a style guide. I would point out that I believe the AP, AFP and BBC all still use Kiev, as well: GBU Editor