Oil hits $97 on Russia-Ukraine war game

Oil rose to its highest since 2014 yesterday after Moscow ordered troops into two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine, adding to supply concerns that are pushing prices towards $100 a barrel.

Brent crude, the global benchmark, was up $1.93, or two per cent, at $97.32, having earlier reached its highest since September 2014 at $99.50.

United States’ West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude jumped by $2.96, or 3.3 per cent, from Friday to $94.03, with the market having been closed on Monday for a public holiday. WTI also touched a seven-year high on Tuesday as it peaked at $96.

Germany put the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia on ice while the United States (US) and European Union (EU) discussed potential sanctions as Ukraine reported continued shelling in east Ukraine


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