Dnipropetrovsk renames itself Dnipropetrovsk

In accordance with Ukraine’s new de-Communization effort, Dnipropetrovsk’s city council is renaming the city “Dnipropetrovsk.” Lawmakers said in an appeal to the Ukrainian parliament that they want to keep the city’s name, but change the meaning, dedicating it to Saint Peter, rather than the Soviet figure Grigory Petrovsky.

“Formally, there needs to be a renaming process from Dnipropetrovsk to Dnipropetrovsk,” a local political group explained on its website. The approval of Ukraine’s parliament is needed for Dnipropetrovsk’s “renaming” to be considered official.

According to a local newspaper, the city’s acting deputy mayor, Alexander Sanzhara, is disputing the legality of the city hall session that came to the decision on Dnipropetrovsk’s renaming.