US backs radicals to crush Ukraine freedom: Author

US backs radicals to crush Ukraine freedom: Author

Wed May 7, 2014 12:2AM GMT

US President Barack Obama aims to crush the freedom of the Ukrainian people by supporting far-right extremist groups in the European country, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“It’s institutionalized fascism; this is what the story is. It’s a very ugly dirty story. Literally, it’s Obama’s war on freedom, wanting to crush freedom in Ukraine by literally supporting these fascist extremists…,” author and radio host Stephen Lendman said in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday.

The analyst warned that Washington’s support for far-right extremist groups in Ukraine could lead to a “major East/West confrontation brewing of America versus Russia.”

“And if Russia and America get into a confrontation and it turns belligerent, is there a risk of the impossible, dare I suggest the unthinkable — a nuclear confrontation…,” he added.

Lendman also downplayed Washington’s endeavor in persuading European countries to agree to more sanctions against Russia, pointing to Germany’s opposition to the US-led sanctions imposed against Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine.

“European countries will do a little bit – they’ll target Russian officials, but they’ll do nothing to affect the business interests of their companies…,” he added.

The Ukrainian crisis began last November when the country’s then president Viktor Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.

The refusal triggered months of unrest and clashes with the police, which finally led to the ouster of Yanukovych on February 23. He then travelled to Russia, where he was given sanctuary.

Ukraine has experienced a fresh wave of unrest since Crimea declared independence from Kiev on March 17 and formally applied to become part of Russia following a referendum a day earlier, in which nearly 97 percent of the participants voted in favor of the move.

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