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Anti-government protesters clash with police in front of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on February 18, 2014.

Anti-government protesters clash with police in front of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on February 18, 2014.

The US and its NATO allies are capitalizing on the crisis in Ukraine to justify a nuclear war against Russia and China, a political analyst tells Press TV.

In a Friday interview, Mike Billington warned that as a result of Washington’s provocations regarding the Ukrainian crisis, the international community is “on the brink of a global thermonuclear war.”

He argued that the US and its NATO allies “are trying to provoke Russia into taking some sort of action to justify what they plan as a nuclear assault against Russia and potentially also against China.”

“It is not the Russians who are intervening in the internal affairs of Ukraine. It was the US and NATO,” the analyst pointed out.

On Friday, US President Barack Obama warned Russia against intervening in Ukraine, saying he is “deeply concerned” over reports that Russian troops are invading Ukraine’s southern Crimean region.

Earlier on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry also talked about the allegation that Russia had intentions to violate the sovereignty of Ukraine.

Ukraine's Interior Ministry accused Russia on Friday of a "military invasion and occupation." The ministry said that Russian troops have taken up positions around a coast guard base and two airports on its strategic Crimea peninsula.

Nearly half of the population of the autonomous Crimean region is Russian speaking.

Unrest erupted in Ukraine in November 2013, when ousted President Viktor Yanukovych refrained from signing an Association Agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia. After weeks of violent protests, the Ukrainian parliament eventually ousted the president on Feb. 23.

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