10 things you need to know today: March 14, 2022

Russia asks China for military and economic aid, an American journalist is killed by Russian forces in Ukraine, and more

Russian tanks move in on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine
Russian tanks move in on the outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine
(Image credit: AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

1. Russia requests military and economic aid from China

Russia has asked for military equipment and economic aid from China in the weeks since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his forces to invade Ukraine, several news outlets reported Sunday, citing U.S. officials familiar with the matter. It was not immediately clear what weapons Moscow requested. National security adviser Jake Sullivan is scheduled to travel to Rome on Monday to meet with his Chinese counterpart. Sullivan told CNN he would communicate to Beijing "that there will absolutely be consequences for large-scale sanctions evasion efforts" by any country. Russia and China have openly increased their cooperation under Western pressure over human rights abuses and other matters, and President Xi Jinping of China has stood by Putin as Russian forces invade Ukraine.

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