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KyivNotKiev: AP Stylebook changes spelling of Ukraine’s capital

It means that the majority of the U.S. newspapers, magazines and public relations offices will use the new spelling
22:02, 15 August 2019

Kyiv Post

AP Stylebook, the guide created by American journalists for standardizing of the mass communications has changed the spelling of Ukraine’s capital from Kiev to Kyiv as AP reported on Twitter.

“AP has changed its style for the capital of Ukraine to Kyiv, in line with the Ukrainian government’s preferred transliteration to English and increasing usage. Include a reference in stories to the former spelling of Kiev. The food dish remains chicken Kiev,” the message said.

The decision was made on August 14. It means that the majority of the U.S. newspapers, magazines and public relations offices will use the new spelling.

Related: #KyivNotKiev: Vilnius Airport writes Kyiv, Lviv correctly in Latin

Associated Press producer based in Kyiv Dmytro Vlasov stated that all foreign bureaus of AP instructed to use a new spelling.

“We regard the Ukrainian spelling of Kyiv as an important adaptation because it is linked to Ukraine’s present status. To many Ukrainians, the former spelling Kiev appears outdated because it is associated with a time when Ukraine was part of the Russian and Soviet states, rather than an independent country.”

As we reported, the U.S. Council of Geographic Names Authorities made a decision to replace the spelling of the Ukrainian capital from “Kiev” to “Kyiv” in the international base.

Related: #KyivNotKiev: Belgian airports change spelling

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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