Comments on: Kiev vs. Kyiv… Reader reaction to Reuters news Fri, 18 Nov 2011 06:49:03 +0000 hourly 1 By: margaryta Mon, 14 Nov 2011 05:21:23 +0000 I think your reply to the above comment is rather rude. A very sensitive history follows the issue of spelling Ukraine’s capital city Kyiv. After being under Russia and Soviet Union for such a long time, we, Ukrainian citizens, are extremely happy to finally be our own bosses. That is why we try to get rid of the negative sentiments left behind from the Russian rule such as the russified spelling of Kyiv as Kiev. The new spelling correctly reflects the original pronunciation and as I mentioned above reflects nation’s independence. Let’s be honest. English speakers do not really care the way a foreign city is spelled, either way it can be understood. So why not respect the people who actually do care?