Russia-Ukraine war LIVE updates | Russia asks China for military equipment, says US official

A US official has confirmed that Russia has asked China for military equipment to use in its invasion of Ukraine. This request has heightened tensions about the ongoing war ahead of a Monday meeting in Rome between top aides to the US and Chinese governments.

The prospect of China offering Russia financial help is one of several concerns for President Joe Biden. 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. The request was first reported by the Financial Times and The Washington Post.

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