- Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned at the weekend that if peace talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin fail, it would mean the start of a third global war.
- Investors are also evaluating a rise in Covid-19 cases in Europe stemming from an emerging subvariant of the omicron strain of the virus.
LONDON — European stocks closed slightly higher on Monday as the Russia-Ukraine war continued to weigh on global market sentiment.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 provisionally closed up 0.1%, with sectors and major bourses pointing in opposite directions. Mining shares surged 4.3% to lead gains, while travel and leisure stocks fell 1.8% after a Boeing 737 passenger jet crashed in China.
Global markets continue to be roiled by events in Ukraine as the war continues. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned at the weekend that if peace talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin fail, it would mean the start of a third global war.
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"If these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third world war," Zelenskyy said in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that aired Sunday morning.
Ukrainian and Russian officials have met intermittently for peace talks, which have failed to progress to key concessions.
Ukraine on Monday rejected an ultimatum to surrender its besieged port city of Mariupol to Russian forces.
Investors are also evaluating a rise in Covid-19 cases in Europe stemming from an emerging subvariant of the omicron strain of the virus.
On Wall Street, U.S. stocks opened in negative territory after the S&P 500′s best week since 2020, while shares in Asia-Pacific were mixed by Monday's close, as investors reacted to the release of China's latest benchmark lending rate.
Oil prices also surged once again on Monday, with international benchmark Brent crude futures up 6.8% to $115.28 per barrel by late afternoon in Europe. U.S. crude futures climbed 5.8% to $110.74 per barrel.
In terms of individual share price movement in Europe, Finland's Nokian Tyres plunged more than 13% as its exposure to Russia continued to weigh, while German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall jumped over 9%.
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— CNBC's Ryan Browne, Maggie Fitzgerald and Eustance Huang contributed to this report.