Why would either side have paid $12 million to this guy?Treat anything that comes out of Ukraine with caution. They are putting out propaganda and fake news against Russia and those they see as allies of Russia all the time. Try to smear people. No different than what Moscow itself does to their opponents.
As far peaceful protesters in Kiev, take a look for yourself
Dozens of members of law enforcement died too, you know.
Ukrainian police officers back in 2014, hold photos of colleagues who werd killed on Maidan, while praying for them
Who actually shot first, nobody knows, still.
Is this your idea of "peaceful protest", @Madeline?
Funeral in Crimea of an officer of paramilirary police "Berkut", killed in Maidan
It was, also, that, the anger about numerous Crimean boys being killed there, in Kiev, while defending law and order
that first really drove people there out in the streets, and into the arms of pro-Russian separatists. Crimeans began to hate Kiev, as did people in Donbass. As do plenty, still, underground, in other Eastern regions, where also many of slain police and Berkut members came from.
You are repeating Ukrainian far right propaganda in here, supporting what happened in Maidan, whille you know nothing about what went on there. Its actually much more complicated than you are aware, let us put it that way.
You talk about Yanukovich (and Manafort, apparently) sending police to attack the... "protesters" on Maidan. The Obama-backed regime in Kiev afterwards sent missiles and shells raining down on Donbass civilians: The White Helmets
But that doesn't seem to matter to anyone.