Sat Mar 1, 2014 6:48AM
Anti-government protesters throw Molotov cocktails during unrest in Kiev, Ukraine, January 25, 2014.
Anti-government protesters throw Molotov cocktails during unrest in Kiev, Ukraine, January 25, 2014.

Ukraine has undergone a “Western-backed coup” in the course of the recent political upheaval that forced now-ousted President Viktor Yanukovych to leave the country, an analyst tells Press TV.

Ukraine has been gripped by unrest since November 2013, when Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia.

On February 23, amid rising violence in the country, the Ukrainian parliament ousted Yanukovych and named Oleksandr Turchynov, the legislature’s speaker, as interim president.

As the crisis was brewing in Ukraine, US and European officials repeatedly expressed support for the anti-government Ukrainian protesters. The protests took violent forms as an increasing number of the protesters resorted to violence in confronting Ukrainian security forces.

“This is a coup. This is a Western-sponsored coup, particularly [by] the British, NATO and the United States. No question about it,” said Edward Spannaus, with the Executive Intelligence Review, in an interview with Press TV.

“And this was not a peaceful revolution; this was a violent terrorist action; armed guerrillas taking over government buildings; this would never be tolerated in the United States or in Britain or in Germany; but, these countries are backing what has become a neo-Nazi coup and which is taking us to the verge of a nuclear confrontation with Russia,” Spannaus added.

“I am not saying that everybody in the demonstrations is neo-Nazi but the neo-Nazis are the ones who are armed, who have been leading the violence against the government authorities, against policemen and the takeover of the regional parliaments,” the analyst explained.

Yanukovych has also blamed the West for the crisis that continues to unfold in Ukraine.

Amid rising tensions over the political future of Ukraine, the US warned Russia against “any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The warning came after Russia confirmed that it had moved its troops already based in Ukraine’s Crimea region to protect its naval fleet. Russian President Vladimir Putin has, meanwhile, stressed the need to avoid the further escalation of the violence in Ukraine.

Referring to potential US intentions with regards to Ukraine, Spannaus said, “My concern is not what Russia does; my concern is what the United States is doing in provoking a confrontation that literally could have us a nuclear war within a matter of days, by backing a violent coup against the legitimate government.”

“The US should stop meddling in [Ukrainian] affairs… and stop supporting a neo-Nazi coup against what was a legitimate government. If they keep this up, we will end up in war,” he concluded.