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Russia asks China for military equipment, U.S. officials say

Russian forces surrounding Mariupol continued their siege on March 12 while people sought shelter in crowded hospital halls. (Video: AP)
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Russia has turned to China for military equipment and aid in the weeks since it began its invasion of Ukraine, U.S. officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, did not describe what kind of weaponry had been requested, or whether they know how China responded. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told CNN that the administration was “communicating directly, privately to Beijing, that there will absolutely be consequences” for any Chinese efforts to assist Russia in evading sanctions.

Ukrainian officials said negotiations with Russia will continue Monday. Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Sunday that Russia is “starting to talk constructively” and predicted “some concrete results” in a matter of days.

Russia brought the fighting closer to members of the NATO alliance Sunday as missiles struck a military facility about 15 miles from Polish border, killing at least 35 people and injuring 134. The Yavoriv military range near Lviv, also known as the International Peacekeeping and Security Center, has hosted exercises by NATO troops and Ukrainians for years, with Americans on-site as recently as February.

Here’s what to know

  • A humanitarian convoy attempting to reach the besieged port city of Mariupol did not leave Berdyansk on Sunday, according to a clergyman accompanying the aid trucks. The Mariupol City Council says 2,187 residents have died in the invasion.
  • Ukrainian officials said an American journalist, Brent Renaud, was fatally shot while reporting outside Kyiv.
  • Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Sunday that no U.S. service members were killed at a military site in western Ukraine when it was attacked. Ukrainian officials have said they were working to ascertain whether foreigners were present Sunday.
  • The power supply has been restored at the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, according to the nation’s energy minister, days after Ukrainian officials said Russian forces disconnected the site from the grid.