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NEW YORK, March 5- World markets were calm on Wednesday after two days of wild swings, with the United States and Russia set to hold talks on easing East-West tension in Ukraine.
The U.N. deputy secretary-general has denied reports from Ukrainian officials that a U.N. special envoy was kidnapped in Crimea.
Russia said it could not order "self-defense" forces in Ukraine's Crimea region back to their bases ahead of crucial ministerial talks in Paris.
Crashing websites and overwhelming data centres, a new generation of cyber attacks is costing millions and straining the structure of the Internet.
CNBC's Eamon Javers talks about the PR firms that are working for Vladimir Putin's Russian Government in the United States and in particular Washington D.C. However, the Russians aren't the only ones playing this game.
*European Union says ready to provide $15 bln to Ukraine. BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Union offered a larger than expected package of aid to Ukraine on Wednesday, saying it was willing to provide $15 billion in loans and grants over the next several years to help get the shattered economy back on its feet.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 5- A semblance of calm returned to world markets on Wednesday after two days of intense volatility, with the United States and Russia set to hold talks on easing East-West tension in Ukraine.
LONDON, March 5- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development promised Ukraine a 5 billion euros, six-year aid package on Wednesday on the condition it enters into an IMF programme and makes greater efforts to stamp out corruption.
KIEV, March 5- Ukraine's government said on Wednesday "Russian aggression" in Crimea was hitting the country's economy hard but signalled growing confidence that it will secure international loans and avoid bankruptcy.
PARIS/ KIEV, March 5- Russia rebuffed Western demands to withdraw forces in Ukraine's Crimea region to their bases on Wednesday amid a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris aimed at easing tensions over Ukraine and averting the risk of war.
NBC's Ian Williams reports the European Union is ready to provide $15 billion in aid to Ukraine in efforts to stabilize its economy.
Christian Keller, head of emerging market research at Barclays, says Russia will not see strong growth this year, after the Ukraine crisis hit the country's economy.
in today's Santelli Exchange, Holman Jenkins, Jr., Wall Street Journal columnist, discusses Europe's dependency on Russian gas.
NBC's Jim Maceda reports on a flurry of diplomatic efforts by Russia towards Ukraine in the past 24 hours.
*EU leaders meet on Thursday to discuss next steps on Russia. BRUSSELS, March 5- European leaders are under pressure to match the United States in imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. But splits in the European Union, with many countries either close to Russia or reliant on its energy, means EU-U.S. unity is unlikely.
Russia retains a battery of well-paid American public affairs experts and lobbyists, including PR firm Ketchum.
LONDON, March 5- China's reaction to events in Ukraine will probably prove more important in the long run than the responses of the United States and the EU. China's response has been typically low key but the country's leaders have provided quiet support for Russian intervention and resisted attempts by Washington and Brussels to isolate Moscow.
KIEV, March 5- Ukraine's finance minister said on Wednesday he did not rule out continuing cooperation with Russia over a $15- billion financial bailout package but that a decision could depend on whether Kiev gets a better offer from elsewhere.
BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Union is ready to provide 11 billion euros of financial support to Ukraine over the next couple of years via a series of loans and grants, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Wednesday.
NBC's Jim Maceda provides the latest details out of Moscow and thefeeling is that things seem to be spinning toward a diplomatic solution in Ukraine, he says.