Fear that Russia could be drawn into a conflict in Ukraine rattled world markets Thursday.
Stock markets fell and the dollar, Swiss franc and gold gained as investors sought refuge in traditional “safe haven” assets.
Financial fallout from last week’s removal of a pro-Russian government in Ukraine had been largely limited to the currencies of both countries.
But the crisis spilled onto world markets after armed men occupied government buildings in the Ukrainian region of Crimea and raised the Russian flag, a day after Moscow ordered massive military exercises just across the border
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