Unfortunately, they spelled the name wrong. They use the old soviet-era (and imperialist-era) spelling, Kiev, which was officially changed to Kyiv in 1991. Unbelievable. That's a really long time ago.
So how is it that there was no problem embracing name changes for cities like Beijing (Peking), Mumbai (Bombay) and Istanbul (Constantinople) ... yet after nearly 2 decades there's still resistance to accepting that Kiev is now spelled Kyiv?
I mean, it's not rocket surgery. We're talking about changing "e" to "y" and moving the "i" over one space ... not exactly a huge challenge, is it? I dunno, maybe the problem is that it's too easy for the obtuse?
I wonder what it would take ... does someone need to record a hit song and post the lyrics and a YouTube video online before people get it? How about something like ...
It's not spelled Kiev
It's now spelled K-Y-I-V
It's been 17 years
That smart folks have spelled it right
Been a long time changed,
This Ukrainian delight
So do ya want a fight, or will you finally get it right?
(With apologies to composers Jimmy Kennedy and Nat Simon, and The Four Lads who did the original hit version.)
All kidding aside, tho, in the final analysis it's a minor detail that can be fixed. (I'm sure the good folks at Hasbro will not want any spelling errors in the product they send to market!)
So in the meantime, some of us are smart enough to know that the Kiev in the contest is in fact Kyiv in reality. So go cast your vote. It's an incredible, beautiful city and deserves to be included.
Go here to vote. You can vote daily (for up to 10 cities) until the votes are tallied on Feb. 29.