At first glance, the whole city of Kiev seems to be Russian to the bone. It has the same broad streets, the same pompous Stalin architecture, and same traffic as Moscow. But after awhile, small differences emerge: While Ukrainians use the same Cyrillic letters, and boast the same humongous architecture, the city is dressed up in the national ornaments. Everything carries the blue and yellow national flag and the national coat of arms.
Russian is still frequently heard in the streets, albeit
with a local accent. This accent, often combining elements from the Ukrainian
language itself, sounds a bit strange to Russian ears.
You want to read more about history of Kiev, go to http://www.kiev.info/about/history.htm (in English) or http://www.kiev-life.com/info/info.php (in English)
To find more information about monuments and museums, go to http://www.mykiev.info/section/12/ and http://www.mykiev.info/section/24/
If you want to keep track of what is happening in Kiev, go to http://story.kiev-info.net/