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Awesome panoramic video, photos prove it really was a march of a million (VIDEO, PHOTO)

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Dec. 9, 2013, 8:59 a.m. | Ukraine — by Katya Gorchinskaya

A panoramic view of Maidan Nezalezhnosti released by AirPano, a Russian artistic project, shows amazing images of Ukraine's Maidan Nezalezhnosti at the height of protests.
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Katya Gorchinskaya

Katya Gorchinskaya has been the Kyiv Post's deputy chief editor since 2009 and is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @kgorchinskaya.

 A video taken from the top of the Christmas Tree on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and panoramic photos of central Kyiv, taken by several Russian and Ukrainian teams on Dec. 8, serve as proof of the numbers of people at the peak of protests on Maidan Nezalezhnosti on that day. 

A video taken by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty journalist from atop of the Christmas Tree that stands in the epicenter of protests, gives a bird's eye view of the crowds that stretch as far as the eye can see in all directions. Moreover, AirPano, a team of Russian photojournalists released panoramic photos that show a picture that it just as impressive.
Organizers of the anti-government, pro-European protest said that the crowd was well over a million, while the leading world media reported 500,000 people.

Ukraine's police, however, said that the city center cannot fit more than 100,000 people. "Considering that 1 square meter in winter period (when winter clothes are used) can fit only 2 persons, the aforementioned territory where civil and political actions are happening today, physically can fit only about 100,000 people," the police said in its Dec. 8 statement on Facebook page. 

A panoramic view of Maidan Nezalezhnosti released by AirPano, a Russian artistic project, shows amazing images of Ukraine's Maidan Nezalezhnosti at the height of protests.
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