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February 24, 2022

Russian attack on Ukraine hits global markets

Russian attack on Ukraine hits global markets

Russia’s attacks on Ukraine roiled global markets Thursday, driving up prices for crude oil and natural gas as investors flood into gold and government debt - traditional safe havens.

Brent crude, the global oil-price benchmark hit $102, topping $100 a barrel for the first time since 2014.

The wild moves come after Ukrainian authorities said that Russia had launched a “full scale invasion” on the country. Russian president Vladimir Putin said that his country had launched a special military operation” in Ukraine.

Investors rushed towards safer assets, including gold, driving the precious metal up around 1.7 per cent, its highest level since early 2021, meanwhile silver rose 2.3 per cent based on popularly traded futures contracts.

Natural gas prices rocketed around the world as news of the Russian attacks emerged. In some European markets, prices jumped as much as 30 per cent. The region, including the EU’s largest economy, Germany, is highly dependent on Russian energy imports.

Stock markets across Asia dropped significantly, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index down 3 per cent.

Russian stocks listed on Moscow’s Moex index fell by more than 28 per cent, the most on record.

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