Kyiv City Council (Ukrainian: Київська міська рада - Kyivs'ka mis'ka rada), better known as Kyivrada (Ukrainian: Київрада), is the city council of Kyivmunicipality, the highest representative body of the city community. The members of city council are directly elected by Kyivans and the council is chaired by the Mayor of Kyiv (who is also directly elected in a separate election independent of the council election) or the City Council Secretary (elected among the council members). The deputies are elected for five-year terms.
The first ceremonial raising of the yellow-and-blue Ukrainian flag in modern times took place on 24 July 1990 at the flagstaff of the City Council, two years before the flag was officially adopted as the National flag of the Ukrainian state (1992). July 24 was later marked as National Flag Day in Kyiv (only). Beginning with 2004, 23 August is celebrated as the Day of the National Flag (in all Ukraine).
Since 1 December 2013 Kyiv's Town Hall has been occupied by Euromaidan-protesters; this forced the City Council to meet in the Solomianka Raion state administration building instead.
The scope and structure of the Kyiv local government and the status of the current Kyiv City Council is the subject of an ongoing bitter legal and political crisis. The oppositional parties that dominate the city after the recent elections consider the City Council term of authority expired and effectively block attempts at its convening through mass protest.