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Iran's supreme leader blames US for Russia war on Ukraine

Iran's supreme leader said the United States was the "root cause" of the Ukraine war as he refrained from condemning Russia for the invasion.

"Ukraine is a victim to America's policy of crisis instigation," declared Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a televised address, as the Russian invasion of its western neighbor entered a sixth day.

"US interference through velvet movements and color coups," Khamenei said, "pulled Ukraine into where it is now."

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