Putin is a war criminal and dictator, says Russian diplomat as he resigns
Boris Bondarev, who has ‘served in the foreign ministry for 20 years’, says he has never been so ashamed of his country
A diplomat at Russia’s UN mission in Geneva has resigned in protest at President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, becoming the first envoy to publicly criticise the war.
“Putin has become both a war criminal and a dictator,” Boris Bondarev, 41, who was involved in disarmament work at the mission, said. “I can’t work with colleagues who seriously talk about launching nuclear strikes on the suburbs of Washington to scare the Americans into surrendering. These conversations have become more and more frequent.”
While some Russian officials, such as the Kremlin’s climate envoy Anatoly Chubais, quietly left their positions after the war started, Bondarev posted a resignation statement in English and Russian on Facebook, saying he’d “never been so ashamed of my country as on February 24”, when Putin announced the invasion. With the war in its 89th day, he said he’d waited until now to leave his post because he’d wanted to ensure his family’s safety. ..