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.
Before being named Dnipropetrovsk in 1926, the city was known for more than a century as Ekaterinoslav. Because of its military industry, Soviet Dnipropetrovsk was a closed city until the 1990s.
Earlier this year, Ukraine adopted a new de-Communization program that removes the monuments and names of figures like Lenin from public spaces.