European shares slip as Ukraine crisis deepens

viernes 25 de abril de 2014 11:22 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.8 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 1.2 pct

* DAX underperforms again on worries over Ukraine

* Deutsche Bank hurt by report of capital hike (Adds detail, quotes, updates prices)

By Alistair Smout and Blaise Robinson

LONDON/PARIS, April 25 (Reuters) - German stocks led European shares lower on Friday as new signs of violence in Ukraine hit sentiment, although equities remained underpinned by corporate takeover activity.

Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday, prompting Russia to launch army drills near the border. In response, the United States said on Friday it will press European allies to impose more sanctions if Russia steps up action in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused Russia of wanting to start World War Three by occupying Ukraine "militarily and politically", in some of the strongest language he has used.

"At the moment this is mainly noise, but there is a risk that the Ukrainian situation could deteriorate. We've seen how vulnerable the DAX has been to tough rhetoric, for example," said Mike Harris, a partner at stockbroker TJM Partners.

Germany's DAX index, seen as the European market most exposed to the crisis in Ukraine, was down 1.3 percent, at 9,426.77 points.   Continuación...