The Christian Science Monitor has decided to switch to Kyiv spelling and also enouraged the rest of the Western media to follow.
It’s a debate we’ve been having at the Monitor for a while. In a story we published today, you’ll see that we’ve decided to switch to Kyiv.
Unlike the English world’s use of Firenze over Florence, for instance, the two spellings of Ukraine’s capital both result in approximately the same sound. But the swapping of a single letter in this case has political echoes and underscores an increasingly fractious divide between ethnic Russians and Ukrainians who live together in the same country.