Ukraine crisis sends global markets plummeting

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Stocks across Europe, Asia and the US see sharp selloff as military conflict intensifies .

Stock markets across the world sold off sharply on Thursday after the Russian Armed Forces confirmed the first airstrikes against military targets in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin ordered the operation in the Donbass region to protect the local population against Ukrainian shelling attacks, days after recognizing the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

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