- Oct 3, 2013
None of these words - "Kiev" and "Kyiv" - are neither Russian or Ukrainian. Both words are English. The first is historical form, the second is modern. And btw the historical name Kiev is not related to Russia or Muscovy. It came to English from Polish language at the time when Russia/Muscovy did not have any control over the city. Russian roots of "Kiev" is just a myth created by Ukrainian nationalism. On the other hand, "Kyiv" came from Ukrainian language, and because of nationalism too.One is Russian, the other is Ukrainian.