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The Ukrainian government faces a "growing dilemma" as pro-Russian separatist militias have not relinquished control over the buildings they occupy despite the ultimatum, NBC's Ayman Mohyekdin reports.
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 14- Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces as a deadline passed for pro-Russian separatists to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation.
SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 14- Towns in eastern Ukraine on Monday braced for military action from government forces after Kiev gave pro-Russian separatists a 9 a.m. deadline to disarm and end their occupation of state buildings or face a major "anti-terrorist" operation.
Christopher Granville, managing director at Trusted Sources, says Russian president Vladimir Putin will look to patch up relations with Europe after the annexation of Crimea because the country relies on trade with the continent.
*Israel in talks with Egypt, Turkey on major gas export deals. MILAN/ LONDON, April 14- Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas.
Maarten Wetselaar, Executive VP, Integrated Gas Business at Shell, says gas prices in Europe are currently lower, indicating a lack of concern about geopolitical tensions in Ukraine.
TOKYO, April 14- Asian share markets gave up more ground on Monday after a dismal week on Wall Street and tensions in Ukraine sapped investors' appetite for risk, which helped underpin the safe-haven yen.
SINGAPORE, April 14- Palladium gained for a fifth straight session on Monday to its highest since August 2011 on growing fears that supply would be hurt by more U.S. sanctions on top producer Russia and prolonged labour strikes in No. 2 producer South Africa.
*Dip-buying in Toyota and other large-caps supports. TOKYO, April 14- Tokyo stocks slipped to a fresh six-month low on Monday as market sentiment stayed fragile after a rocky session on Wall Street and on escalating tensions in Ukraine. Bargain hunting in large caps like Toyota Motor Corp offered some support and helped the benchmark Nikkei trim earlier losses.
*Russia warns Kiev not to use force against militants.
TOKYO, April 14- Asian share markets gave up more ground in early trade on Monday after a dismal week on Wall Street, helping underpin the safe-haven yen. Ukraine gave pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.
SINGAPORE, April 14- Gold jumped to a three-week high on Monday as mounting geopolitical tensions in Ukraine curbed investor appetite for risk, sending equities lower and boosting bullion's safe-haven appeal.
TOKYO, April 14- U.S. crude oil futures rose above $104 a barrel in early trade on Monday as increasing geopolitical tensions between Ukraine and Russia supported buying sentiment for the front month contract. *U.S. crude for May delivery was up 30 cents at $104.04 per barrel by 0000 GMT, after finishing 34 cents higher on Friday.
*Ukraine, stocks, Chinese data in focus this week. SYDNEY, April 14- The euro got off to a shaky start on Monday after the European Central Bank fired another warning shot at bullish investors, saying it will be forced to ease monetary policy further if the currency keeps going up.
TOKYO, April 14- The safe-haven yen started the week on a firm footing and Asian shares braced for more losses on Monday after a dismal week on Wall Street. Ukraine gave pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.
Marcus Svedberg, Chief Economist at East Capital, is concerned about a "tit-for-tat" response from Russia after Ukraine issued a deadline for pro-Russian separatists to disarm.
WASHINGTON, April 13- Russia's further incursions into eastern Ukraine would have serious macroeconomic consequences, destabilizing banks and crimping Ukraine's national output, the central bank governor said on Sunday.
Anton Siluanov, Finance Minister of Russia, says Russia is not exercising any coercive power over Ukraine.
LUXEMBOURG, April 14- European Union foreign ministers will hold talks on Monday to discuss how to toughen sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine without losing the support of some EU governments worried about antagonising a power with an energy stranglehold over Europe.
*Ukraine gives separatists until 0600 GMT Monday to lay down arms. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 13- Ukraine has given pro-Russian separatists a Monday morning deadline to disarm or face a "full-scale anti-terrorist operation" by its armed forces, raising the risk of a military confrontation with Moscow.