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Ceasefire talks stall as Russia steps up assault

London, Washington, Lviv | Russian artillery pounded Ukrainian cities on Monday (Tuesday AEDT), as peace talks broke up with only a promise to meet again, and the US ratcheted up sanctions yet further.



European markets dropped as investors worried about Western banks’ Russian credit exposures, while Russia’s free-falling currency, soaring bond yields and a massive interest rate increase raised fears of a default.


The noose kept tightening on Russia: the US sanctioned the country’s $274 billion sovereign wealth fund, and Switzerland closed a major potential loophole by joining the sanctions. Even China offered only lukewarm support to Moscow on Monday.


Read the full story here on the Australian Financial Review

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