Ukrainian Place Names

Video Transcript

So place names are very important. So in Ukraine, it's not "Lvov," it's "Lviv." It's not "Kiev." It's "Kyiv." I'm not even pronouncing it right, but Kyiv. And "Zaporozhia" is what the Russians would refer to it as "Zaporizhia" is what the Ukrainians refer to it as. Some places don't change like Mariupol, right as Mariupol. It's not "Mariupil." But place names in some cases are very important because it implies ownership. So if you call it "Kiev," you know, you're implying that it belongs to Russia when in fact, it's currently within the borders of Ukraine. They have every right to call what they want to.

A service member discusses the importance of using Ukrainian place names.