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  • FRANKFURT, March 6- European Commission President Mario Draghi said on Thursday that from a purely financial standpoint the crisis in Ukraine should not have much impact on the euro zone. But he added that there was potential for far greater instability spreading from the nearby region if the situation escalates.

  • LONDON, March 6- Ukrainian and Russian assets fell on Thursday after Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia and the United States ordered sanctions on those involved in undermining democracy in the region. "Markets are still very sensitive to Russia/ Ukraine related headlines," said Luis Costa, emerging markets strategist at Citi, in a client note.

  • *Crimean Parliament votes in favour of region joining Russia. MOSCOW, March 6- Moscow stocks fell on Thursday for the second day this week after Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia and the United States ordered an asset freeze and visa bans against those involved in Russia's military intervention in the Ukrainian region.

  • *Staples, Costco shares down after results; Kroger up. *Crimea's parliament voted on Thursday to join Russia and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum for March 16 on the decision, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • MOSCOW, March 6- Ukraine's state energy company Naftogaz said on Thursday it had fully paid for January's Russian gas supplies and is in talks with Gazprom on settling other payments to safeguard gas deliveries, though it has yet to pay off all debts.

  • *Efforts to resolve Ukraine crisis continue. LONDON, March 6- Gold was flat on Thursday as diplomatic efforts to cool the Ukraine crisis depressed demand for assets seen as safe, but the metal found support above $1,330 an ounce from weak U.S. economic data and ahead of a key employment report.

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, March 6- The Russian central bank said on Thursday it was putting the Moscow subsidiary of Ukraine's Privatbank into temporary administration, but that it would not revoke the bank's licence. Russia and Ukraine are in a dangerous armed stand-off following months of unrest in Kiev and the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovich.

  • *Staples, Costco shares down after results. *Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum for March 16 on the decision, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis between Russia and the West over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • Vitali Klitschko: Putin worried over Ukraine Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 6:43 AM ET
    Vitali Klitschko, Chairman of the UDAR Ukrainian opposition party, speaks at a press conference at the Reichstag on February 17, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.

    Ukrainian politician Vitali Klitschko told CNBC that Russian President Vladimir Putin was worried over how events were unfolding in Ukraine.

  • *Crimea parliament votes to join Russia, referendum March 16. SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 6- Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • MOSCOW, March 6- Moscow stocks fell, reversing gains from early Thursday, and the rouble weakened further after reports that the parliament of Ukraine's Crimea had voted in favour of becoming part of Russia.

  • Europe fears gas shortages if Russia cuts off Ukraine Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 5:51 AM ET

    *Greece says Ukraine gas disruption' worst scenario'. BRUSSELS, March 6- European Union countries such as Poland and Greece are worried they may face gas shortages and economic damage if Russia stops pumping the fuel to Ukraine, with Kiev facing a Friday deadline to pay Moscow a $2 billion energy bill.

  • *Crimea parliament votes to join Russia, referendum March 16. SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, March 6- Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

  • MOSCOW, March 6- The Russian central bank said on Thursday it was putting the Moscow subsidiary of Ukraine's Privatbank into temporary administration, but that it would not revoke the bank's licence. The central bank said in a statement the decision to appoint an interim administration for Moskomprivatbank was effective immediately.

  • BRUSSELS, March 6- European Union leaders meet for an emergency summit in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and how to respond to Russia's seizure of the Crimean peninsula.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS IMPOSES TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATION ON MOSCOW SUBSIDIARY OF UKRAINE'S PRIVATBANK, LICENCE NOT SUSPENDED.

  • BRUSSELS, March 6- The European Union froze the assets on Thursday of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, former prime minister Mykola Azarov and 16 other senior Ukrainian officials suspected of misusing state funds and violating human rights.

  • CORRECTED-Rouble weakens as Ukraine concerns weigh Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 6- The rouble opened down against the dollar on Thursday as concerns about the Ukraine crisis continued to weigh. Moscow stock indexes saw fragile gains, tracking a reprieve in Asian markets after diplomatic efforts seemed to slightly moderate the crisis over Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.

  • *Divided EU to warn, not sanction Russia at summit. *Moscow says OSCE, NATO efforts not helpful. BRUSSELS/ MOSCOW, March 6- European Union leaders were set to warn but not sanction Russia on Thursday over its military intervention in Ukraine after Moscow rebuffed Western diplomatic efforts to persuade it to pull forces in Crimea back to their bases.

  • Rouble weakens despite heavy central bank intervention Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 1:46 AM ET

    Moscow stock indexes saw fragile gains, tracking a reprieve in Asian markets after diplomatic efforts seemed to slightly moderate the crisis over Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.