Take a look at Kyiv Airport y’all: the soon to be portal to all things Eurovision and minefield for Eurovision stars. Last week, Ukraine welcomed home the victorious Jamala from Stockholm with flags, flashing lights and open arms. Seriously, the airport was FULL. Fans not only love her for her winning song “1944“, but also because “she brings the Eurovision Song Contest back to Ukraine after a 12 year break”.

Eurovision winner Jamala returns to Ukraine

One adoring (and adorable) fan gushes “for the first time in the whole world, a Crimean Tatar singer wins the Eurovision Song Contest”, while the Ukrainian Delegation are still trying to keep their eyes open, exhausted from the past two weeks in Sweden. Weren’t we all?

Jamala was “exhausted but ready” to meet her fans in Kyiv, according to NTU Director General Zurab Alasaniia. But the exhaustion didn’t show, she was all smiles as she struggled to carry thousands of flowers into her car. All the while Ukraine’s commentator Timur Miroshnychenko was happy enough with his giant bottle of champagne. Good for him!

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Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

The Wiwi editorial board has decided that wiwibloggs will use the Ukraine spelling Kyiv in future.

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

Alex,
I’m aware of it, and we’re talking about English language, not about German where everything have something from die, der, das.

moco
moco
4 years ago

Lviv is definitely safer
Probably more European too

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

@Oxana
I know, but in German, it’s still a rule saying “Die [the] Ukraine”. Just saying…

The Brightest Falling Star
The Brightest Falling Star
4 years ago

@Maru fr

It is, I can’t deny that.

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

Maru fr,
so it’s called LOVE? I see. then we should say that 7 of our men died yesterday and 9 got badly injured because of Russian LOVE. OK.

Maru fr
Maru fr
4 years ago

As far as I know Ukraine still in good health (I`m not sure though!)
It means only one – Russians don`t want war! And Russians LOVE Ukrainians!!! Lol

Maru fr
Maru fr
4 years ago

The Brightest Falling Star
But it`s an honest truth! (written by me)

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

Huh, no, it’s Ukrainian dress called vyshyvanka (because of the pattern on it), tho it’s not classic vyshyvanka you can buy in the shop (usually it’s only blouses) btw everything Jamala had in her performance including visual effects, dresses, make up, shoes, all specialists who helped her was from Ukraine. as Jamala said recently, it was 100% Ukrainian song, 100% Ukrainian concept and realization. they even made camera angles and processed visual files for stage to the final point, ready to use for technicians w/o any changes. also if anyone wonder what’s the cost to win, Ukraine spent $100 000… Read more »

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

@Adam: Thank you so much for praising Wiwibloggs. I have the exact same opinion that you do. Jamala indeed deserves more recognition as a musician and i’m glad she won the contest.

As for the comments; they have become generally apalling. If the comments show examples of how the average Eurovision fan communicates nowadays, we’re all doomed. It’s like there will be a new World War for every argument. Kyiv or Kiev – they want to kill each other over a name now. It’s like they are 8 years old. For goodness sake!

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

Maru fr, eat some tranquilizers, you’re too anxious without reason. actions speak louder than your boasting. where’s your mighty Russia now? you said you’ll have Kyiv and whole Ukraine 2 years ago. what happened? your tanks can’t get out of road jam in the East? 🙂 dream on, that’s only thing you can do now. yes, everyone who calls Ukraine as “the Ukraine” in face of Ukrainian can get angry reaction, as it’s basically calling a country as plot of land, denying it’s sovereign status. I would not advice you to do that in front of Ukrainians. Poles and Ukrainians… Read more »

The Brightest Falling Star
The Brightest Falling Star
4 years ago

@Maru fr

Do you know how this is called? Superiority complex.

Maru fr
Maru fr
4 years ago

Oxana, Lol If our countries would begin armed conflict Ukraine would be crushed within 30 minutes!

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

@Maru fr
That’s actually the reason why some people still say THE Ukraine. If I’m not mistaken, one of the spokespersons (maybe two) said the Ukraine when announcing points.

Maru fr
Maru fr
4 years ago

Oxana, “Kuevo Kukuevo” – the most suitable name! Lol

Huh
Huh
4 years ago

I thought Jamala was wearing a kimono in the picture above.

Stan
Stan
4 years ago

Wasn’t Lviv a part of Poland before WW2? I hope that doesn’t stir some more historical issues….

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

Maru fr,
which conflict do you have on your mind? in 14th century? do you know when our countries started to get armed conflicts?

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

karminowe.usta,
you’re from Poland (I know how your nick translated)? if yes, than sure you’ll enjoy Lviv the most, as it’s have more in common with your homeland than Kyiv or Odesa. people who consider other cities for the venue (such as Dnipro (former Dnipropetrovs’k), Kharkiv, Odesa. Kherson) should know that it’s not very safe spots now.
The best bet would be Lviv or Kyiv as it’s in safe spot.

on behalf of Ukrainians big thanks to wiwi editors!

Maru fr
Maru fr
4 years ago

Before the conflict between our countries people thought that Ukraine is the small Russian village! Now you take offense that they don`t know as the name of your city is correctly written! Lol

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

The fact that one user managed to make this article all about HER personal issues with the way a city is spelled is so damn funny LMAO. Honestly i always feel bad for the writers and contributors to wiwibloggs. They spend so much time writing articles and doing interviews and getting them all uploaded and finding videos, only for 90% of the time the comments end up being about something completely off topic and people are always fighting and being so damn weird. @All of the wiwibloggs staff: You guys always put out quality stuff, you deserve so much better… Read more »

Azaad
Azaad
4 years ago

The endonym of Kyiv isn’t Kyiv- Ukrainian uses the Cyrillic alphabet. It’s the accepted English spelling of the city according to the Ukrainian language- when you spell Kyiv in Russian and translate it to English you get Kiev.

In 2005, NTU branded everything with Kyiv and no one minded.

Darren
Darren
4 years ago

@Jonas
That makes sense. My apologies, I thought it was just a language issue. And coming from Ireland myself, I understand the Derry/Londonderry situation.
I always say Kyiv anyway.

Jonas
Jonas
4 years ago

Darren, actually it’s not that simple. The name of the city itself is part of the territorial minefield. “Kiev” associates with Russia/USSR, while the independent Ukraine would prefer “Kyiv”, and have asked international outlets to use that name formally. Out of respect for next years hosts, I think it would be better to use “Kyiv”. In Northern Ireland, for example, the city of Derry/Londonderry goes by two names depending on which side of the Unionist divide you are on. For a lazy comparison, I guess this is something similar. For more on the subject, read this helpful and informative article… Read more »

Ern
Ern
4 years ago

Seriously? We’re debating if it’s “Kiev” or “Kyiv”?? I think people that get hung-up on silly things like this overlook the following: Germany should be “Deutschland” Greece should be “Hellas” Albania should be “Shqipëria” Armenia should be “Hayastan” Georgia should be “Sakartvelo” Plus, I’m sure there are many, many other such examples (Note: I’m not even going to touch on the “FYR Macedonia” name issue). I suppose if a country really has a problem with how English speakers refer to it, they should make a formal request with the EBU. Otherwise, the English way of referring to the country or… Read more »

karminowe.usta
karminowe.usta
4 years ago

Both Kiev and Kyiv is correctly.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiev

karminowe.usta
karminowe.usta
4 years ago

I hope Eurovision 2017 would in Lviv. This city is safe. Odessa is the worst solution, this city is near war. Kyiv is safer than Odessa but isn`t as safe as Lviv. Only Lviv has got good area.

Light Star (Mario) = Legend
Light Star (Mario) = Legend
4 years ago

Kyiv or Kiev who cares. Some people say one, some the other.
Potato potata tomato tomata or some thing like that.
Main thing is how Jamala says…….

WEELLLCOOOMEEE TOO UKKRAINNNEEE! 😉

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

Alex,
having hard time to find anything better? a site of Kyiv city? really?
are you aware that it uses auto redirection from
kyivcity.gov.ua

? anything more official that site that has been created with 2 site names to apparently book a spot and to disallow others to impersonate governmental site?

Darren
Darren
4 years ago

Guys, guys calm the hell down over the name of Kyiv/Kiev. Within Ukraine it’s called Kyiv and outside Ukraine it’s called Kiev, just like other European cities,
Like Rome being called Roma
Prague being called Praha
Vienna being called Wien
Lisbon being called Lisboa
It’s a common thing, chill out.

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

@Oxana
“OK, then show me OFFICIAL usage of that name. show me!”

It’s been already shown to you: the official website of Kiev: kievcity.gov.ua #InYourFace

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

ESC84
are you stupid? we changed it in 1995. but retards like you failing to see it!

Plum
Plum
4 years ago

Oxana,
It’s fabulous! The first article devoted to the Winner has nothing to do with the Winner in fact as far as the 1st 35-40 comments are concerned.
It’s definitely your Benefis, not Jamala’s!
Isn’t there too much of you? Even here?

Darren
Darren
4 years ago

Any word of what the host city will be? For some reason I have a feeling that it might not be Kyiv. Although it would probably be the best choice.

I’m hoping for Lviv or Odessa, they look like nice cities. Could be Dnipetrovsk but that might be too far east, considering there is trouble in neighbouring regions. But it would surely annoy people if it was chosen.

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

so, all of you are telling that it IS Kiev?
OK, then show me OFFICIAL usage of that name. show me! United Nations, OSCE, World Bank, all embassies and all official institutions in the world use proper name Kyiv in English, what makes you so confident?

how you would explain this British Embassy usage of “wrong” name? scroll down to offices and addresses. Brits know how to use proper English, do they?
https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-kyiv

ESC84
ESC84
4 years ago

@Oxana
Really, no one here wants to learn Ukrainian capital name, if Ukraine is so determined to change its capital name. They can change it OFFICIALLY like Korean capital from ??(Hanseong) –>??(Seoul). But this will not erase the history that Ukraine is highly influenced by Soviet Union and Russia in the past few centuries.

Light Star (Mario) = Legend
Light Star (Mario) = Legend
4 years ago

The correct spelling is Kiev, like the chicken dishes. 😉
In the English language at least……

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

I literally just went through all the comments and ALL of them are about the spelling of Kiev because a certain user (Oxana) doesn’t understand the concept of different languages and spelling systems in the world. There are SO many things Ukrainians have to rightfully grieve about, the fact that she is complaining about the spelling of a city name is such a waste of time. Kyiv VS Kiev is such a non-issue. Can we get back to what this article was about? I swear half the people on here have an IQ of 5 with how annoying and off-track… Read more »

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

getting mad that english-speakers spell it Kiev and not Kyiv is like getting mad at spanish-speakers for saying London as “Londres”.

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

jleekens, you’re saying that in English official Eurovision name would be Kiev. why then every time we hosted it we called it Kyiv? do you know that Kyiv is NOT original name, it’s official name of capital since 1995 that should be used for all papers? in other words, when we wrote a letter or official statement in English it is Kyiv. there’s no trace of Kiev in English language. when Moldova got independent first thing it changed its name to Moldova from Moldavia and changed its capital name from Russian Kishinev to Chisinau. What is the name for Chisinau… Read more »

cheesecake
cheesecake
4 years ago

Let’s all just kiev calm. Pardon the pun.

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

@Oxana
– “but you spitting poison when I point at official documents”
What are you calling “official”? Two Eurovision logos? Sco-o-o-ore!

– “if you’re OK with that ‘cow’ ending in your capital’ name”
I live in Germany, its capital name is Berlin. It ends with “-lin”, biatch.

Stan
Stan
4 years ago

this topic got me reading…

In Dutch, Ukrain used to be ‘de Oekraïne’, but that now officially changed to ‘Oekraïne’ and if you give it an article, it needs to be ‘het’. So Ukrain is a grammatical transgender in Dutch (from masculin to neuter)… Aren’t languages fun!

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
4 years ago

Oh, the letters do not work on this website. On my previous post they are replaced by question marks.

GermanQR
GermanQR
4 years ago

It’s called Kiev in Spanish, also. This article is written in English, so place names should be in English too.

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

euronews says Kyiv too
http://www.eurovision.tv/tag/expand/kyiv
also by quick google search for “eurovision kyiv” you can see that esctoday, eurovision tv (official ESC site?) and many other of big media call our capital as Kyiv. there’s is still Kiev in some of mass media, but you can’t say it’s a rule and the only correct name.

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
4 years ago

Shouldn’t it be ?????

MAE2016
MAE2016
4 years ago

Oxana can you please tell me what is your problem?? You comment under every article trying to start a battle of Ukraine vs Russia. Not every single one of us is Ukrainian or Russian and personally I am tired of seeing your comments under every article, arguing about politics and bashing Russians. The Wiwibloggs team write these articles so we can discuss about THEM not about the conflicts of different countries, and the politics!!! Enough with your hate! Instead of commending about the article here we are trying to solve if the correct name is Kiev or Kyiv. Jesus. In… Read more »

maarikaa
maarikaa
4 years ago

Both Kiev and Kyiv are fine. It’s like making a fuss about Praha-Prague, Warszawa-Warsaw, Kobenhavn-Copenhagen, etc..

Oxana
Oxana
4 years ago

Maru fr,
are you trying to impress me? try harder. too bad there’s no Anton nearby to share his sad story, he stared just like you. I wonder if he’s OK…