If our country [Russia] did not intervene that spring of the year of 2014, not ten thousand would have got killed there, but fifty thousand.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation.
The human rights missions that travelled to Ukraine in 2014 did not find evidence that the Russian minority would have been in any danger:
1. The Advisory Committee’s Ad hoc Report on the situation of national minorities in Ukraine, adopted on 1 April 2014, Council of Europe;
2. Report on the human rights situation in Ukraine, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 15 June 2014;
4. Statement by the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities on her Recent Visit to Ukraine, 4 April 2014, Statement of 19 September 2014