Kiev (Ukrainian: Київ, Russian: Киев), Europe's city of intrigue, is the capital of Ukraine and its largest and most vibrant city with 3 million inhabitants. It is in the north of central Ukraine on the Dnieper River (Ukrainian: Дніпро, Russian: Днепр).
The official name of the city has long been Kyiv, a transliteration from the Ukrainian Київ. The common English name of the city, Kiev is a transliteration of the Russian Киев. Expect to see Kyiv used more often inside Ukraine and Kiev to be used by most foreign media. The spelling of the city name in English-language guidebooks is debatable.