China has refused to categorise Russia’s action in Ukraine as an "invasion".
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced an offensive on Ukraine and explosions in Kyiv and other cities in Ukraine followed.
China urged all sides of the conflict to "exercise restraint" to prevent the conflict from escalating further but didn’t characterise the action as an invasion.
Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a pact ahead of the Beijing Olympics opposing the US and its international alliances.
SABC News correspondent in Hong Kong Richard Kimber has more…
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