Russia has requested military and economic assistance from China, US officials say

Russia has asked China for military support, including drones, as well as economic assistance for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, according to conversations CNN had with two US officials.

The requests came after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, one of the officials said. 

That official declined to detail the Chinese reaction but indicated that the Chinese had responded.

Potential assistance from the Chinese would be a significant development in Russia's invasion.

It could upend the hold Ukrainian forces still have in the country as well as provide a counterweight to the harsh sanctions imposed on Russia's economy.

When asked by CNN about the reporting of Russia's request for military aid....

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