Russian RTS stock index down

Moscow - Russia's dollar-denominated RTS stock index has fallen more than 3 percent on the day after reports of fighting in eastern Ukraine.

At 16:25 SA time the RTS was down 3.2 percent at 1,146 points while the rouble-denominated MICEX index was down 2.5 percent at 1,143 points.

The bell rung at the beginning of trading sessions is seen in front of the logo of the Moscow Exchange. Credit: Reuters

Ukraine's defence ministry said on Tuesday evening that a “special operation” was underway in the town of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine, where there were reports of shooting at a military airfield, the Interfax news agency reported. - Reuters