Russia's attack on Ukraine sends stock markets down around the world
Stock markets around the world suffered sharp declines today, Thursday, under pressure from the military operation launched by Russia in Ukraine.
The German "DAX" index fell by more than 3.5% in the morning trading in Frankfurt and briefly fell below the level of 14 thousand points.
The FTSE 100 index in London also fell by more than 2.5% to settle near the 7300 threshold.
Shares also fell in the Middle East, where the main (TASI) index in the Saudi stock market fell by 2%, despite the Aramco share rising by 3.3% to a new record level.
The "EGX 30" index in the Egyptian Stock Exchange also declined by 2.6%.
In Asia, the markets suffered sharp declines.
The Nikkei 225 index closed in Tokyo, down 1.81%, at 25,970.82 points.
The Shanghai Shenzhen Index (CSI 300) of the most important 300 companies on the Chinese mainland decreased by 2.3 percent to close at 4529.32.
The Moscow Stock Exchange also witnessed sharp declines in early trading today, and its main index "RTS" lost about 20% of its value.
The Russian ruble fell to a record low against the dollar, after losing 6% of its value.
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