Kiev is the Russian pronunciation of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine and its most populated city.
Kiev has a population of nearly 3 million people, and it is also one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe. Kiev is the common transliterated name of the city in Russian, but the city officially uses Kyiv, the name of the city in Ukrainian, and this name is gaining usage in the anglo-saxon world as well (click Kyiv
and listen to the correct pronunciation of the city in Ukrainian).
The name Kiev is purported to have derived from one of the four legendary siblings who founded the city during medieval times, named Kyi.
The correct pronunciation of Kiev in Russian can be phonetically transcribed as Kee-ef
. It must be noted that the "e" in -ef is pronounced as a very closed "e", as heard in the audio. It is a sound that is not contained in words of the English language.