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Live European Conflict News Coverage

Stay ahead of the markets by following BlackBull Markets’ in-depth analysis and coverage of the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

War breaks out in Europe

Stock, forex, and commodity markets are in turmoil as a major conflict breaks out in Europe.

On February 24, Russian President Vladmir Putin declared that the Russian Army would be moving into Ukraine in order to protect the breakaway states of Luhansk and Donetsk.

As a consequence, the tensions that existed on the Russia Ukraine border have now escalated to a full-on military conflict between two major global economies, with many far-reaching ramifications.

Global Markets in turmoil

Among the ramifications is the volatility injected in the world financial markets as uncertainty grips investors and prices for instruments are quickly and extraordinarily re-evaluated.

Exaggerated price movements in top Russian and Ukraine exports such as Crude Oil, Natural Gas, and Wheat, have occured. Extreme volatility has also been present in instruments that are safe-havens such as the US Dollar and Gold, as well as risk-on instruments such as the NASDAQ100 index and growth stocks.

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With the outbreak of war, a diplomatic resolution between Russia and Ukraine has become increasingly unlikely. The possibility of other nations being pulled into the conflict also exists. As such, volatility in the financial markets is expected to endure and possibly heighten.

Key Dates and Events

November 10, 2021
Unusual Russian troop movements near the Ukrainian border are identified by the US.
December 17, 2021
Russia proposed that Ukraine should never be able to join NATO.
January 24, 2022
NATO placed troops on standby and sent reinforcements to East Europe.
January 26, 2022
Western leaders refused Russia demands concerning Ukraine and its NATO membership.
February 17, 2022
Sporadic shellfire is reported in Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.
February 22, 2022
Putin recognised the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk, against international law.
February 24, 2022
Putin appears in a surprise television address and announced a special military operation.
February 27, 2022
A number of Russian banks are cut from the main banking international payment system, Swift.
February 28, 2022
Putin puts nuclear 'deterrence' forces on high alert citing aggressive statements by NATO leaders and economic sanctions.
March 1, 2022
Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine end with no breakthrough, Russia continues to shell residential areas in Ukraine.
March 2, 2022
Satellite images show a 40-mile long armored Russian convoy advancing toward Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
March 3, 2022
The International Criminal Court (ICC) opens an investigation into Russian war crimes.
March 7, 2022
Moody’s cuts Russia credit rating to Ca, on concerns that Russia will not repay its debt to foreign investors.
March 9, 2022
US President Joe Biden on Tuesday announces his administration is banning Russian oil, natural gas and coal imports to the US.
March 11, 2022
According to the United Nations, more than 2 million refugees have fled Ukraine to neighboring states.
March 13, 2022
More than 850 protestors were detained in anti-war demonstrations across 37 Russian cities.
March 14, 2022
According to a senior US official, Russia has asked China for military assistance in Ukraine.
March 15, 2022
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is expected to set Russia's economy back 30 years and erase decades of gains made in building up its middle class.
March 16, 2022
US President Joe Biden plans to visit Europe next week for Ukraine summit as refugees top 3 million.
March 17, 2022
Ukraine and Russia make progress on peace plan including a ceasefire and Russian withdrawal.
March 21, 2022
Turkey has said Russia and Ukraine made progress on their negotiations and the two sides were “close to an agreement”.
March 22, 2022
US President Joe Biden warned US business leaders to prepare for Russian cyber attacks.
March 25, 2022
Biden meets with NATO allies in Brussels as Russian invasion of Ukraine hits 1-month mark
March 28, 2022
US President Joe Biden calls for a regime change saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power." during a speech from Poland.
March 29, 2022
Biden says his comment about Putin not remaining in power reflects moral outrage, not a policy change.
March 30, 2022
To faciliate peace talks in Turkey, Moscow have said it will reduce military activity directed at Kyiv and Chernihiv'.
March 31, 2022
Biden considers releasing 1 million oil barrels per day over the coming months in response to war-induced near-record prices.

Why trade the Russia/Ukraine conflict

As traders, it is advantageous to keep abreast of the developments in this major conflict. Having full-knowledge of the factors that can affect the price of instruments is a healthy part of any traders risk management.

Being fully informed of global events, especially events as consequential as this, can also help you identify market opportunities before others have a chance. Informed traders set market trends, they don't blindly follow.

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Key events to watch for moving forward

  • The US, UK, EU nations place additional sanctions on Russia, including sanctions that affect the movement or trade of commodities like Natural Gas.
  • The US, Japan, China, India and other major nations agree to release their strategic oil reserves to counter the rise in the price of oil.
  • Investor fatigue in war stories sets in and a reversal of risk-off investing occurs.
  • The conflict extends beyond the borders of Ukraine into neighboring states who are also major exporters of Iron Ore, Wheat, Oil and Natural Gas.
  • Silver becomes more desirable as the price of gold skyrockets and investors look for alternative precious metals to hedge their risk.
  • Additional stresses being placed on wheat supplies from the US, Canada, France, and Australia.