Ukraine war: US says Russia asked China for military assistance

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A woman walks past building damaged by shelling, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, March 13, 2022.

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The US says Russia has asked China for military help for the war in Ukraine. The claim comes ahead of a key meeting in Rome between senior American and Chinese security officials on Monday.

A third round of talks is set to take place today between Ukraine and Russia. The discussions will take place on Monday morning via videoconference and follows unsuccessful talks in Belarus, and between foreign ministers in Turkey last Thursday.

The Russian military said it killed up to 180 “foreign mercenaries” in strikes on Sunday against the Yavoriv military range in Western Ukraine not far from the Polish border. That casualty figure could not be independently confirmed.

Ukrainian authorities confirmed that American video journalist Brent Renauld was killed in the Kyiv suburb of Irpin.

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One dead, 12 wounded in Kyiv apartment building strike

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US says Russia asked China for military help

The US said Russia asked China for military equipment to use in its invasion of Ukraine, a request that heightened tensions about the ongoing war ahead of a Monday meeting in Rome between senior national security officials from America and China.A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters, said that in recent days, Russia had requested support from China, including military equipment, to press forward in its ongoing war with Ukraine. The official did not provide details on the scope of the request. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan is set to met his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi in the Italian capital on Monday. Ahead of those talks, Sullivan warned China to avoid helping Russia evade punishment from global sanctions that have hammered the Russian economy. “We will not allow that to go forward” he said in a television interview. The Biden administration is also accusing China of spreading Russian disinformation that could be a pretext for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces to attack Ukraine with chemical or biological weapons.

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