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‘Ashamed’ Russian diplomat resigns over warfare in Ukraine

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A passport picture of diplomat Boris Bondarev, who wrote: ‘I simply cannot any longer share in this bloody, witless and absolutely needless ignominy’ © AP

A Russian diplomat has resigned in protest at Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, describing himself as “ashamed” of his nation in a uncommon rejection by a authorities official of president Vladimir Putin’s warfare goals.

Boris Bondarev, an arms management adviser to the Russian UN mission in Geneva, made the extremely vital feedback in an announcement posted on social media accounts.

“Long overdue, but today I resign from civil service. Enough is enough,” he wrote.

“For 20 years of my diplomatic career I have seen different turns of our foreign policy, but never have I been so ashamed of my country as on February 24 of this year,” he stated, referring to the date that Russia invaded Ukraine.

Bondarev’s assertion, which additionally criticised Russia’s veteran overseas minister Sergei Lavrov, stated the overseas ministry was riven with “lies” and was not about diplomacy. Instead, he wrote, “it is all about warmongering, lies and hatred. It serves [the] interests of [the] few.”

Speaking to the Financial Times, Bondarev confirmed he had resigned and stated he didn’t assume he may return to Russia in the intervening time, for concern of repercussions.

“It became obvious that our government was doing the wrong things, absolutely not in the interests of the country or the society, quite the opposite,” he stated, talking by cellphone. “I didn’t want to have anything to do with that.”

“As a staff member I carry some sort of responsibility for all of this. So I decided that was it,” he stated. He added that he knew of “quite a significant” quantity of people that had already resigned from jobs in Russian diplomacy however achieved so with out making any public statements.

Fear of change and of doable repercussions preserve many others of their jobs, even when they may disagree with the warfare as properly, Bondarev stated.

Though he felt he had been “putting up with nonsense” at work for a while, Bondarev stated he might need stayed in his job had it not been for the invasion, after which he felt it was time “to signal, are you a person or what are you.”

The workplace of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Writing in his resignation assertion, Bondarev stated that his former boss, overseas minister Lavrov, had gone from being a “professional and educated intellectual . . . held in high esteem, to a person who constantly broadcasts conflicting statements and threatens the world . . . with nuclear weapons!”

“I studied to be a diplomat and have been a diplomat for 20 years. The ministry has become my home and family. But I simply cannot any longer share in this bloody, witless and absolutely needless ignominy,” he wrote.

Bondarev stated the warfare was additionally a “crime against the people of Russia, with a bold letter Z crossing out all hopes and prospects for a prosperous free society in our country”. The letter Z, used on Russian navy autos in Ukraine, has change into a nationalist image of backing for the invasion.

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