World shares hit by increasing tension in Ukraine

Global equities are mostly lower as the tension in Ukraine continues to ratchet up.

However, Japan's Nikkei rose 0.2% following weaker-than-expected core inflation data, which has buoyed hopes that the Bank of Japan will increase its bond-buying program.

Elsewhere in Asia, Hong Kong -1.5%, China -1%, India -0.7%.

Euro Stoxx 50 -0.6%, London -0.2%, Paris -0.4%, Frankfurt -0.9%, Milan -0.8%, Madrid -0.9%.

U.S. stock futures: Dow -0.2%. S&P -0.1%. Nasdaq -0.15%

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