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Russian Diplomat Resigns Over Ukraine War

GENEVA — A diplomat in Russia’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva stop his put up on Monday, expressing disgrace over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and describing it as a criminal offense in opposition to each nations.

Boris Bondarev, a counselor within the Russian mission since 2019 who described himself as a 20-year veteran of Russia’s International Ministry, introduced his resignation in an email despatched to diplomats in Geneva on Monday. His resignation is essentially the most high-profile gesture of protest up to now made by a Russian diplomat over the battle in Ukraine.

“For 20 years of my diplomatic profession I’ve seen completely different turns of our international coverage however by no means have I been so ashamed of my nation as on Feb. 24 of this 12 months,” Mr. Bondarev stated, referring to the date that President Vladimir V. Putin despatched Russian forces into Ukraine.

“The aggressive battle unleashed by Putin in opposition to Ukraine and actually in opposition to the whole Western world will not be solely a criminal offense in opposition to the Ukrainian folks but additionally, maybe, essentially the most severe crime in opposition to the folks of Russia,” he added.

Diplomats in Geneva confirmed that they’d acquired the e-mail. Mr. Bondarev, reached by cellphone after responding to a message on his LinkedIn account, confirmed sending it to a number of dozen colleagues at different missions and stated he had tendered his resignation Monday morning.

Mr. Bondarev, 41, is listed as a counselor within the Russian mission on the website of the United Nations; he despatched The New York Occasions a duplicate of his diplomatic passport to substantiate his id.

Russia’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva stated that its spokesperson was not instantly accessible, however that it might quickly problem a press release.

Mr. Bondarev, who handled disarmament points and was described by Western officers in Geneva as a mid-ranking diplomat, delivered a bitter denunciation of Russia’s management.

“Those that conceived this battle need just one factor — to stay in energy for ever, stay in pompous tasteless palaces, sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and price to the whole Russian navy, having fun with limitless energy and full impunity,” he stated in a press release hooked up to his e mail to diplomats. “To attain that they’re prepared to sacrifice as many lives because it takes.”

He added: “It’s been already three months since my authorities launched a bloody assault on Ukraine and it’s been very laborious to maintain my thoughts roughly sane when all about have been dropping theirs.”

He ought to have resigned three months in the past, he stated, when Russia invaded, however he had delayed as a result of he had unfinished household enterprise and “needed to collect my resolve.”

Mr. Bondarev went on to ship a stinging critique of Russia’s international service and its chief diplomat, Sergey V. Lavrov. The ministry had been his dwelling, he stated, however over the past 20 years the lies and unprofessionalism had reached ranges that he described as “merely catastrophic.”

“Right now the Ministry of International Affairs will not be about diplomacy. It’s all about warmongering, lies and hatred,” he wrote, and was contributing to Russia’s isolation.

Mr. Lavrov was “ illustration of the degradation of this technique,” Mr. Bondarev stated. In 18 years, the Russian international minister had gone from being knowledgeable and educated mental esteemed by colleagues to threatening the world with nuclear weapons.

“I merely can’t any longer share on this bloody, witless and completely useless ignominy,” Mr. Bondarev wrote.

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