European stocks were slightly lower Tuesday, with the conflict in Ukraine among the factors weighing on the market
The Stoxx Europe 600 index +0.07% had opened fractionally higher, but then slipped 0.3% to 328.79. The index rose 0.3% on Monday, the move solidified after U.S. stocks opened higher after days of sharp declines.
Ukraine remained in focus Tuesday as a military operation to win back control of eastern Ukrainian cities from pro-Russian activists was launched. Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov told Ukraine’s parliament that overnight “an antiterrorist operation” began in the north of Donetsk, according to a Russian news agency Interfax.
The U.K.’s FTSE 100 was down 0.2% at 6,573.33, and Germany’s DAX 30 fell 0.6% to 9,283.10 ahead of the release of the ZEW investor-sentiment survey. France’s CAC 40 which opened flat, turned down by 0.2% at 4,373.22.
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