Germany's DAX leads European share sell-off on heightened Ukraine jitters
* FTSEurofirst 300 down 0.5 pct
* Russia-exposed DAX leads regional fallers
* BHP up on spin-off prospects; miners buck weak trend
By Tricia Wright
LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters) - European shares sharply reversed earlier gains to end in negative territory on Friday, led down by the Russia-exposed DAX index, on news of a Ukrainian attack on a Russian convoy.
Ukraine said its forces had attacked and partly destroyed a Russian armoured column that entered Ukrainian territory overnight, a firefight which, if confirmed, would mark a dramatic worsening of the conflict.
Equities had been underpinned most of the session by expectations for a continuation of ultra-loose monetary policy after poor U.S. and euro zone data.
But the news of the clash saw the FTSEurofirst 300, up almost 1 percent earlier on Friday, drop 0.5 percent to 1,323.10 points. Germany's DAX, dominated by firms heavily dependent on Russian energy, sank 1.4 percent.
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