Kiev, spoken as “keev”” instead of ke-evh, is the birthplace of Russia. Modern day boundaries aside, the capital of Ukraine is the birthplace of Russia. So that you don’t offend your Ukrainian friends remember that there is no definite article “the” in the name of Ukraine. Just as odd as it would be to say “the France” or “the Canada” it is a country with a one word name, Ukraine.
A beautiful country with beautiful people, closely tied to Russia of course, not only as next door neighbors but as brothers and sisters sharing a common birth place. Here is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, “Keev.”