How to pronounce and spell ‘Kyiv’, and Ways To Support The War (UPDATED 3.2.22)

Kiev or Kyiv?

As Russian forces menace the Ukrainian capital and thousands flee, the very least onlookers around the world can do is learn how to say the name of the city under siege.

The short answer is simple: Ukrainians call their capital “Kyiv” (kee-yiv), the spelling, a transliteration of the Ukrainian Київ. The Russian version is “Kiev” (kee-yev).

During a news conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying declined to call Russia’s attack an invasion. The history of the conflict was “complicated,” she said. In a call between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, Wang reiterated China’s respect for “sovereignty and territorial integrity” — a veiled word of support for Ukraine — while also saying that Russia had “legitimate concerns” regarding security issues.

Beijing’s response reflects the strong and growing partnership that China and Russia have forged. In an early February joint statement, Presidents Xi Jinping and Putin said the friendship between their countries had “no limits” and agreed to a set of economic and trade deals.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that 137 people have been killed and another 316 wounded in the first days of military attacks, per the Washington Post. The US and European countries have condemned Russia’s actions and agreed on a set of penalties against Russia and its leaders, including economic sanctions . Ukraine officials have declared a national state of emergency, and citizens affected by the war will need help. We’ve gathered a list of organizations offering aid during this crisis. We’ll update this story with more information as it becomes available. 

Here’s a vetted list of orgs willing to help out:


Global Giving has started a fundraiser to provide clean water, food and shelter to refugees in Ukraine and surrounding regions where Ukrainian refugees have fled.

(Ranked 96.66 on Charity Navigator.)

Hope for Ukraine

Hope for Ukraine is accepting donations to help citizens of Ukraine with basic necessities.

(Ranked 90/100 on Charity Navigator.)

Project Hope

Project Hope is sending medicine, supplies and aid to families in Ukraine. The organization is accepting donations to help deliver those items.

(Ranked 82.09/100 on Charity Navigator.)

Save the Children

The Save the Children organization is delivering essential humanitarian aid across the globe. Donations go toward items like food, blankets and face masks.

(Ranked 91.82/100 on Charity Navigator.)

World Help

World Help is providing food, water and other necessities to families in Ukraine. It’s accepting donations and notes that $35 pays for one week of food and water for one refugee.

(Ranked 82.6/100 on Charity Navigator.)

Editor’s Note: An uodate from March 2nd 2022. As our story picked up traction under independant new wires coming from Ukraine directly we put together our own link. These fundraisers were sent via email communications to some of our contributors. We aren’t able to vet all aspects of aide but this can be helpful.

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