If you mean Kiev it’s been a few places. It first entered history as the capital of the Khazars who picked the Jewish faith as the best of the three alternatives presented.Barabarian invasions reduced it to a backwater town on the Steppe. In the Middle Ages it was part of the Polish-Lithuanian Commowealth. In the 1600s it fell under the sway of the tsar and it was held until the end of WW1 when it briefly became independent, only to fall to the Bolsheviks. No wonder there are stresses there, with a history like that.