@eoten: You're the one deciding that 2014 is the year which we should start to look at what's going on in Ukraine because that's what your Russian propaganda tells you. And every time anyone points out that before 2014 Russia was already acting against Ukraine's autonomy you just play deaf.
Because, let's be honest here for a second, you have no fucking clue what you are talking about. Damn, you stated in this very same thread that Zelensky was in power since 2014 and he wasn't democratically elected, that's how clueless you are and how much of a puppet for Russian propaganda you are. Which is not surprising coming from a MAGA fanatic.
There's nothing new about the issues surrounding the Azov, it's well known. But thanks to Russian propaganda their importance is overblown. The Azov were around 2500 members at most and election results in Ukraine show no indication to any wide spread russophobia. If Russia wasn't funding separatist militias for sure they would have no significance.
But for some reason Russian elites not even acknowledging Ukraine's right to exist and regularly calling for the extermination of Ukrainians, and the Russian army actually destroying entire cities leaving mass graves behind, that's completely cool for you.
Keep ignoring that all territories of Ukraine voted for independence from Russia, keep pretending that Russia didn't sign an agreement guarantying they would respect the political and territorial integrity of Ukraine, keep pretending that since the early 00's they haven't been harassing Ukraine. Keep pretending that they don't have a similar story of genocide and mass deportations with other territories. Keep pretending that one shaddy militia is as bad as what Russia is doing because "something something Hunter's laptop". You MAGAs are a fucking cancer.
No, that's what history tells people not too dense to study it. The civil war in Ukraine isn't new. You wish to ignore problems with the country, causes, and the people involved because it doesn't fit into your grade school level narrative of "bad man went crazy." And before I said anything, you didn't even know who Azov was because your echo chamber media outlets never covered it. Gee, your media outlets get caught dishonestly covering events and you wonder why people do not trust them. It's almost as bad as when they ran a story trying to claim Russia bombed a civilian passenger train full of people, which it turns out never happened.