As the Russia-Ukraine war is soon to complete its third week, the Russian Federation is now reportedly seeking military equipment from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Financial Times and Washington Post reported on Sunday.
This has come amidst the reports that the Russian military campaign to annex the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv, has slowed down due to unexpected attrition caused by heavy resistance in several parts of Ukraine, from uniformed defence forces to militia, consisting of civilians turned trained gunmen.
Since the beginning of the “special military operations” launched by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Beijing has been indirectly supporting Kremlin in it’s campaign to target multiple strategic locations situated in Ukraine. Although it has officially urged to solve the dispute via a peaceful resolution, it is yet to formally accept these events as any form of invasion or explicitly condemn the actions of the Russian strike force. It had also abstained from procedural voting for holding sessions on the conflict.
Many nations in the west, including The United States, are in talks with China to negotiate with Putin and hold the operations. US National Security advisor Jake Sullivan will be in Rome on Monday to meet with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi, the White House said earlier.
Moscow has already deployed multiple sophisticated weaponry since the launch of the operations on February 24, employing them to target key locations around Ukraine. However, it has also suffered major losses, including fighter aircraft, helicopters, tanks, armored vehicles, and infantry. Approaching China is most likely an indication that the Kremlin is looking to further solidify the strike force before attempting another assault on Kyiv.
The American media did not report what kind of Chinese weapons are likely to end up in the hands of the Russian military or how China responded. Though, Beijing has denied any such requests made by Russia.