Recently, another international news outlet decided to use the spelling Kyiv rather than Kiev. Not sure what the difference is and too shy to ask? Here’s the short answer: The spelling “Kiev” is derived by transliteration from the Russian alphabet. The Ukrainian alphabet is similar but slightly different, and “Kyiv” is the spelling that we get when we use the Ukrainian alphabet. So, using Kyiv is a sign of respect to Ukrainian identity, and it’s that simple.
And now you know.