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MOSCOW/ PEREVALNOYE, Ukraine, March 3- Russia took a financial hit over its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with its markets and currency plunging on Monday as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.
*Germany, France, Finland promoting OSCE negotiation effort. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers will push on Monday for high-level mediation to resolve the crisis over Russia's invasion of Crimea, while threatening the possibility of sanctions if Russia does not back down.
BRUSSELS, March 3- The European Union is unlikely to match the United States in threatening sanctions against Russia when its foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine on Monday, instead pushing for mediation between Moscow and Kiev, officials say.
*Ukraine border guards say build-up of Russian armoured vehicles near Crimea. KIEV/ BALACLAVA, Ukraine, March 3- Ukraine said Russia was building up armoured vehicles on its side of a narrow stretch of water near the Ukrainian region of Crimea after President Vladimir Putin said he had the right to invade his neighbour, prompting a sell-off in Russian assets.
TOKYO, March 3- Stocks slid while oil prices shot up on Monday, after Russia bloodlessly seized a part of Ukraine, escalating tensions between Russia and the West to a level not seen since the end of the Cold War.
*Oil prices jump on risk of war in Ukraine. SINGAPORE, March 3- Brent and U.S. crude oil rallied more than $2 per barrel to multi-month highs on Monday, lifted by rising tension in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour.
March 2- U.S. equity futures dipped at the open of electronic trading on Sunday, with concerns about Russia's aggression in the Ukraine weighing on sentiment. Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday after President Vladimir Putin secured permission from his parliament on Saturday to use military force to protect Russian citizens in Ukraine.
If Crimea tries to secede from Ukraine with Russian support, there's almost nothing Ukraine could do to stop it.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports Secretary of State John Kerry told Russia it's important not to inflame the situation in Ukraine's Crimea region. Ad hoc military has taken control of the country.
Details of the package were being hammered out, but Senator Chris Murphy, chairman of a Senate subcommittee on European Affairs, said the package would be part of "a broader, coordinated program" with the European Union, International Monetary Fund and other international partners.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Feb 28- Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region on Friday in what Ukraine's new leadership described as an invasion and occupation by Moscow's forces, and ousted President Viktor Yanukovich reappeared in Russia after a week on the run.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Feb 28- Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region on Friday in what Ukraine's government described as an invasion and occupation by Russian forces, raising tension between Moscow and the West.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Feb 28- The United States told Russia to demonstrate in coming days that it was sincere about its promise not to intervene in Ukraine, after armed men seized the regional parliament in a mainly ethnic Russian region and raised the Russian flag.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Feb 27- Armed men seized the parliament in Ukraine's Crimea region on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who warned Moscow not move troops beyond the confines of its navy base on the peninsula.
TransCanada Corp had recommended four companies to the State Department to do an environmental review, including Environmental Resources Management, Inc, or ERM, but did not tell the department it had previously worked with the company.
150,000 troops in war games Moscow says unrelated to Ukraine. SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/ KIEV, Feb 27- Ukraine's protest leaders named the ministers they want to form a new government following the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich, as an angry Russia put 150,000 troops on high alert in a show of strength.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. plans to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees and will consider direct assistance.
*150,000 troops in war games Moscow says unrelated to Ukraine. *NATO says it backs Ukraine's territorial integrity, borders. SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/ KIEV, Feb 26- Ukraine's protest leaders on Wednesday named ministers they want to form a new government following the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich, as Russia put troops on high alert in a show of strength.
Secretary of State John Kerry didn't elaborate on the plan, which comes as Washington increases its support for Georgia and Moldova, which are seeking more integration with Western Europe and rejecting pressure from former master Russia.
WASHINGTON, Feb 26- The United States will provide assistance to Georgia to promote visa-free travel to the European Union to help the former Soviet republic integrate more with the West, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. Kerry did not elaborate on the plan, which comes amid efforts by Georgia to increase trade and investment with the West.