East StratCom disinformation claim:
There was no people’s revolution in Ukraine during Euromaidan. It was merely 5-6 thousand militants and someone had to pay them serious money.
Documentation for claim
Period/date: 26. February 2017
The spontaneous onset of the Euromaidan protests was a reaction of large parts of the Ukrainian population to former President Yanukovych’s sudden departure from the Association Agreement with the European Union in November 2013. The total number of members of radical groups, e.g. the “Right Sector”, never amounted to more than a few hundred to a maximum of a thousand people. The vast majority of the protesters (up to two million at one time nationwide) consisted of peaceful Ukrainian citizens http://www.kas.de/wf/doc/kas_37844-1522-2-30.pdf?140612145651.
Documentation for the debunk
This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 61. The item is located at row number 17 in the report.