What happened yesterday?
London stocks fell on Tuesday after Moscow said that it would continue its invasion until it had met its objectives.
The FTSE 100 ended 1.72% lower at 7330.20, while the FTSE 250 was down 2.75% at 20,500.64. Sterling was down against the Dollar by 0.73% at $1.33 but up against the euro by 0.12% at €1.20.
Over in the US, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 1.76% at 33,294.95, while the S&P 500 was 1.55% weaker at 4,306.26 and the Nasdaq Composite saw out the session 1.59% firmer at 13,532.46.
In company news:
Abrdn was 5.3% weaker even after the asset manager said annual profit rose, and it posted higher full-year revenue for the first time since it was formed from a merger in 2017.
Daily Mirror publisher Reach slid 25.71% after it said higher newsprint inflation would result in a drop in 2022 operating profit.
BAE Systems was ahead 3.7% for clear geopolitical reasons, while miners rose as metals prices advanced.
Rio Tinto was up 2.21%, Anglo American added 3.47%, and Antofagasta was 3.32% firmer by the close.
AstraZeneca pushed up 1.82% after it and Swiss biotechnology firm Neurimmune agreed to develop an antibody-based therapy for a rare, underdiagnosed condition that leads to heart failure in a $760m deal.