Asian stock markets declined on Thursday in a quiet session amid a lack of catalysts.
"Asia remains in a state of stasis. There has been next-to-no news on the commodities front from China. Southeast Asia has seen a quiet period as it awaits the outcomes from Japan's data drop [on Friday]" said Evan Lucas, market strategist at IG in a morning note.
A lackluster handover from Wall Street also weighed on sentiment. U.S. stocks ended little moved on Wednesday, but the S&P 500 managed to close at above 2,000 points for a second session.
In geopolitical news, Kiev accused Moscow of launching a fresh military incursion across its eastern border late on Wednesday. The move throws a spanner in the peace process that was eyed after the leaders of the two nations met in Minsk this week and agreed to de-escalate tensions.