Russia Says U.S. Forced it to Act on Ukraine

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Thursday blamed the United States and its allies for the conflict in Ukraine, saying their drive to bring Kiev closer to the West was a threat to Moscow and had forced it to react. Speaking at an annual security conference, Shoigu accused Washington of seeking worldwide military and political dominance. That could not have failed to trigger our reaction," Shoigu said in Moscow. Moscow denies direct military involvement in spite of mounting evidence on the ground. He dismissed Western criticism that Russia was forcibly remaking European borders, pointing to Western military involvement in Serbia, Iraq and Libya.