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As Sochi Olympics go on, Russian general says U.S. 'at war' over Ukraine

Ukrainian riots police protect themselves from projectiles as anti-government protesters attempt to storm the Ukrainian House international convention center.
Ukrainian riots police protect themselves from projectiles as anti-government protesters attempt to storm the Ukrainian House international convention center.
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While the Sochi Olympics are under way next door, international tensions are rising in Ukraine, with a Russian general firing a verbal shot at the United States.

"I assume that the Foreign Ministry understands we are at war," Gen. Leonid Ivashov told km.ru.

The former foreign relations head of the Russian Ministry of Defense and current president of the Academy of Geopolitical Studies, spoke as the U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution supporting the Ukraine protesters.

The 383-2 vote on House Resolution 447 Monday evening proclaimed formal support for the demonstrators and for Ukraine's entry into the European Union -- a provocation to Russia's regional interests.

Ivashov said, "Apparently, [officials of the EU and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry] have dedicated themselves to deeply and thoroughly studying the doctrine of [Nazi propagandist] Dr. Goebbels.

"They present everything backwards from reality. They accuse the party that is defending itself, of aggression.

"What we are seeing in Ukraine and in Syria is a western project, a new kind of war. In both places you see a clear anti-Russian approach, and as is well known, wars today begin with psychological and information warfare operations, Ivashov stated.

``I assume that the Foreign Ministry understands that we are at war, and that wars have their laws.

"After the information war, they are preparing a land and sea in Ukraine. Kerry and [President Barack] Obama are encouraging in Kiev what they harshly repress in their country. European leaders break up unauthorized demonstrations with hoses, throwing demonstrators in jail, while in the Ukrainian case they do the exact opposite, and on top of that they threaten Russia.

"Logically, this is part of information warfare."

Ivashov reported that "under the cover of information commotion, U.S. ships are entering the Black Sea, that is, near Ukraine. They are sending marine infantry, and they have also begun to deploy more tanks in Europe."

The general concluded that the West's objectives include "driving Ukraine to the breaking point, and blaming [Ukraine President] Yanukovich and Russia for everything.

"Then they wil say that NATO can't simply sit by as a mere spectator an then send its troops into to return order. Then a transitional government would be formed, as happened in Iraq and Kosovo, and NATO would take control of everything."

"Historical experience shows we have lived through similar situations," Ivashov said. "The main thing is for [the West] to take power, and destroy the Ukrainian state."