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A firefighter works at a residential district that was damaged by shelling, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Marko Djurica)
A firefighter works at a residential district that was damaged by shelling, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Marko Djurica)

Ukraine has shamed South Africa on the global stage as its UN resolution on the war in Ukraine - which did not mention Russia at all - was rejected by the General Assembly, leaving South Africa's facade of neutrality in the conflict in tatters.

The Ukrainian Ambassador to the UN likened the South African motion to knowingly giving a dying child a placebo instead of medicine and criticised South Africa for not consulting with Ukraine on the matter.

On Thursday, the UN overwhelmingly adopted a resolution proposed by Ukraine and nearly 100 other states.

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