Tomas Fiala, CEO of Dragon Capital, comments on the day's events in Ukraine, which include the resignation of the Ukrainian prime minister.» Read More
President Barack Obama called on Ukraine's armed forces on Wednesday to stay out of the country's political crisis and warned that there would be consequences for those who "step over the line."
*Polish, French, German foreign ministers flying to Kiev on Thursday.
NEW YORK, Feb 19- Stock markets around the world fell on Wednesday, with declines accelerating after minutes from a U.S. At the meeting, the Fed ultimately decided to make a second modest cut to its bond-buying program, which now runs at $65 billion per month.
MEXICO CITY, Feb 19- Emerging market currencies weakened on Wednesday after minutes from the last U.S. Meanwhile, Ukraine's bond prices fell as more violence hit Kiev, while mounting unrest in Venezuela drove the price of its credit default swaps to near five-year highs.
KIEV, Feb 19- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said on Wednesday he had agreed a "truce" with opposition leaders, after street violence in which at least 26 people were killed, and a start to negotiations to end further bloodshed.
The autonomous region's prime minister and top energy official travelled to Baghdad earlier this week, intensifying efforts to settle the long-running dispute over exports of oil from Kurdistan via a new independent pipeline to Turkey.
President Barack Obama warned Ukraine on Wednesday that there would be consequences if the violence in Kiev continues, saying the United States holds the Ukrainian government responsible for dealing peacefully with protesters.
BRUSSELS, Feb 19- The European Union will on Thursday decide whether to impose financial and travel restrictions on Ukraine after the death of two dozen protesters in Kiev, even though diplomats have doubts about the effectiveness of sanctions.
BAGHDAD, Feb 19- Iraqi Kurdistan has agreed to export crude via the country's main oil marketing body, Deputy Prime Minister for energy Hussain al-Shahristani said on Wednesday, potentially removing a major sticking point in a row with the central government.
WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The Pentagon renewed warnings on Wednesday for Ukraine to keep its armed forces away from swelling anti-government protests, as the country reeled from its worst violence since its independence from the Soviet Union.
TOLUCA, Mexico, Feb 19- President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday that there would be consequences if violence continues in Ukraine, saying the Ukrainian military should not step into a situation that could be resolved by civilians.
NEW YORK, Feb 19- Stock markets around the world mostly dipped on Wednesday as investors held off from making big bets ahead of the release of minutes from the U.S. Gold prices were also near breakeven levels.
Saker Nusseibeh, CEO of Hermes Fund Managers, warns of contagion from Ukraine's turmoil to the rest of eastern Europe and beyond.
*Shares in Europe, U.S. rise ahead of Fed minutes. NEW YORK, Feb 19- Stock markets around the world rose slightly on Wednesday, continuing their recent advance as investors did not expect anything hinting at a change in monetary policy to be announced in upcoming minutes from the U.S. Gold prices were also near breakeven levels.
David Dalton, an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, says the chaos in Ukraine will deteriorate, particularly in the west of the country.
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the United States would consider the use of sanctions against those responsible for the violence in Ukraine. He said the United States will be talking to European nations about the situation in Ukraine ahead of a EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Thursday.
SAO PAULO/ LONDON, Feb 19- Ukraine's sovereign bonds plunged further on Wednesday as a renewed wave of violence hit the capital Kiev, while mounting unrest in Venezuela drove the price of its credit default swaps to near five-year highs.
*European Investment Bank suspends work in Ukraine. BRUSSELS/ LONDON Feb 19- The European Investment Bank said on Wednesday it had frozen its activities in Ukraine after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence.
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Feb 19- The United States urged the Ukrainian government to pull back riot police from Independence Square in Kiev, call a truce and hold discussions with the opposition, White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on Wednesday.
WHITE HOUSE SAYS U.S., EU BELIEVE THAT EVENTS OF TUESDAY IN KIEV WERE UNACCEPTABLE.