ROME, FEBRUARY 24 – Immediate reaction of the markets to Putin’s announcement of the “military operation” in Ukraine. Brent rose to $ 100 a barrel, a very high level that reached for the first time since 2014. There is also a rush to safe-haven assets, with gold rising to its highest levels since January 2021. The prices of the precious metal move up by 1 % at $ 1,928.80 an ounce. On the other hand, bags are falling. The Asian markets, the only ones open, veered sharply down: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index dropped by 2.51%, at 23,065.5 points. Shanghai (-0.88%) and Shenzhen (-1.35%) also widen the losses. Wall street futures are also down 2%. Bitcoin also fell by 8% and dropped below $ 35,000 to 34,788. (HANDLE).