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#KyivNotKiev: BBC changes spelling of the capital of Ukraine

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine launched the online campaign dubbed #CorrectUA, which urges the foreign media and airports to change the spelling from Kiev to Kyiv
21:18, 14 October 2019
 
The BBC Broadcasting Corporation decided to change the spelling of the capital of Ukraine in English from "Kiev" to "Kyiv".

"The BBC continues to review contentious English spelling, given the perception of our international audience. Due to the fact that "Kyiv" (not "Kiev") is now widely used by leading international organizations and government agencies, a large part of the international aviation industry, as well as the media, we decided to chage the spelling of the name of the capital of Ukraine," said in a statement.

This rule of writing the capital of Ukraine in texts, maps and charts will take effect on the BBC on October 14, 2019.

However, a transitional period will continue for several months, during which the English language texts may use the following wording: "Kyiv, formerly known as Kiev".

Related: Kyiv not Kiev: Tivat airport in Montenegro to show correct spelling of Ukrainian cities

In October 2018, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine launched the online campaign dubbed #CorrectUA, which urges the foreign media and airports to change the spelling of the capital of Ukraine from Kiev to Kyiv (#KyivNotKiev).  

The list of international airports that changed the spelling includes Budapest, Tallinn, London, Gdansk, Batumi, Tbilisi, Bucharest, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Toronto, and Warsaw.

The Ukrainian authorities also suggest that international media use purely Ukrainian spelling for such cities as Kharkiv, Odesa, Mykolaiv, and others, as well as "Ukraine instead of the widespread mistake, "the Ukraine." 

 
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