Price of a barrel of Texas oil exceeds 100 dollars after Russian military operation in Ukraine

Oil prices soared on Thursday following the Russian military attack on Ukraine and a barrel of US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) topped $100 for the first time since 2014.

By 10:20 GMT, a barrel of WTI for April delivery was up 8.59%, and a barrel of North Sea Brent crude for the same month was up 8.76% to $105.28, also at its highest level since 2014.

Also, world stock markets fell after the launch of a Russian military offensive against Ukraine.

European stock markets fell sharply from the first exchanges. Towards noon, the Frankfurt parquet lost more than 5%, followed by Milan and Paris (almost -4%), and Madrid and London, with a loss of around 3%.

The Moscow stock market fell even more than 25% and the Russian currency, the ruble, reached its historical low against the dollar, before the intervention of the Russian central bank.

The negative trend was also installed in Asia. Hong Kong lost 3.21%, Tokyo closed with a drop of 1.81% and Shanghai, down 1.70%.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in the early hours of Thursday the start of a "military operation" in Ukraine. Kiev claims that it is a "powerful invasion".

"At this time it is impossible to bet on any scenario"indicates Ipek Ozkardeskaya, an analyst at the SwissQuote investment company, for whom "is the panic in the markets".

"We can only closely follow the latest developments and be prepared for more volatility"he added.

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