Ayatollah Khamenei said that Ukraine has become a victim of US policies which have created this crisis.
“The US disrupted the stability of the country by interfering in its affairs, organizing rallies, and creating a color coup,” he said in a televised speech on the occasion of Mab’ath, the Muslim feast that marks the appointment of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as the final messenger of God, Press TV reported.
“We oppose the killing of people and the destruction of the infrastructure of nations.”
Last Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” aimed at “demilitarization” of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics in eastern Ukraine, which broke away in 2014 after refusing to recognize a Western-backed Ukrainian government.
Putin said the mission was aimed at “defending people who for eight years have been suffering persecution and genocide by the Kiev regime.”
The Leader called the US a perfect example and manifestation of modern ignorance, saying it feeds off the crises it creates all around the world.
“The American regime is a perfect example of modern ignorance. This regime is a crisis-producing and crisis-consuming regime, and it feeds off creating crises in the world,” Ayatollah Khamenei maintained.
As an example, he pointed to the US formation of the Daesh terrorist group, denouncing Washington for plundering oil resources in eastern Syria, stealing Afghanistan’s assets, and supporting Israeli crimes against Palestinians.
“America is a country in which immorality is promoted, discrimination is increasing exponentially, and national wealth is being exploited by the rich and wealthy,” the Leader said.
“A country as rich as the United States is in a situation where people die on the streets when it gets hotter or colder. What do these events mean?” asked Ayatollah Khamenei.
America is ‘mafia’
The Leader also slammed the US as a mafia-ruled country, saying the US mafia installs individuals or overthrows them in other countries.
“America is basically a mafia regime – political mafia, economic mafia, arms mafia and all kinds of mafias that run and rule the policies of that country and control the country,” the Leader explained.
“If the United States fails to create a crisis, the arms factories will not be able to profit,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “They have to create crises in order to maximize the interests of these mafias.”
The Leader then pointed to the West’s double standards in dealing with the crisis in Ukraine, stating that Western countries support the killing of Yemeni people in the Saudi war, but they call for an end to the Ukraine crisis.
Western support ‘a mirage’
According to Ayatollah Khamenei, there are lessons to be drawn with regard to the Ukraine crisis, the first of which is the fact that “Western powers cannot be trusted,” and their support for their puppet regimes is only “a mirage”.
“All governments need to know this,” the Leader warned.
Both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and former Afghan president Ashraf Ghani have acknowledged that the US simply abandoned them amid their domestic crises, he said.
The second lesson, Ayatollah Khamenei continued, is that the people are the most important supporters of governments.
“If the people of Ukraine had been involved, the Ukrainian government wouldn’t be in this situation. The people didn’t get involved because they didn’t approve of the government,” he said.
The Leader added that the situation in Ukraine is reminiscent of the situation in Iraq when the US invaded it and the Iraqi people did not defend their homeland so that the US would take over.
“But in the same Iraq, when Daesh attacked, the people got involved and were able to push back and crush Daesh, which was an enormous danger,” he stated.
“The main factor in the independence of countries is the people, and we have experienced this in the Holy Defense (Iraq’s imposed war on Iran), during which all global powers supported [former Iraqi dictator] Saddam [Hussein], but the Islamic Republic of Iran was able to overcome and defeat the enemy with the help of the people,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
“Everyone should open their eyes and ears and think and act correctly and be able to benefit from these great lessons. We cherish the memory of the great Imam who taught us these lessons,” the Leader added, referring to the founder of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.