European shares tumble on Ukraine tensions
Ukrainians stand in front of a sign with the picture of Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko - REUTERS/Baz Ratner

PARIS: European shares tumbled in early trade on Monday as escalating tensions in Ukraine prompted investors to stick to the sidelines.

At 0805 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 1.7 percent at 1,325.81 points, while the euro zone’s blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index was down 2.1 percent, at 3,084.69 points.

Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor, sending Asian stocks tumbling and oil prices jumping.

“Investors had under-estimated the risks of an escalation in Ukraine, so the events over the weekend is a wake-up call for the market,” said David Thebault, head of quantitative sales trading at Global Equities, in Paris.

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