East StratCom disinformation claim:

There are 20 million ethnic Russians in Ukraine.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 9. June 2016

Debunk claim:

Repeating already debunked disinformation. In the 2001 Ukrainian census, 8,334,100 identified as ethnic Russians (17.3% of the population of Ukraine) (http://www.rferl.org/contentinfographics/map-ukraine-percentage-who-identify-as-ethnic-russians-or-say-russian-is-their-first-language-/25323841.html).

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 30. The item is located at row number 35 in the report.

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