Ukraine War: Russian Diplomat Quits, Hits Back At Putin

Ukraine War: Russian Diplomat Quits, Hits Back At Putin

Diplomat Boris Bondarev didn’t hold back in his criticism of President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov and the Russian offensive in Ukraine.

“The aggressive war… the most serious crime… warmongering, lies and hatred…”

It’s rare to hear such words from a Russian official. In the three months since Vladimir Putin launched what he’s still calling his ‘Special Military Operation’ in Ukraine (what much of the world calls Russia’s war) there have been few signs of open dissent in Russian state institutions.

Embarrassing for the Russian authorities? Absolutely. They like to make out the state machine here is fully behind President Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.

But one resignation does not automatically mean that many more will follow. Mr Bondarev admitted  that he’s in the minority. He believes that, for now, most officials in the Russian Foreign Ministry back the official line and support the Kremlin’s ‘special operation’.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has welcomed a Russian diplomat’s decision to leave his role as counsellor to the UN over the war in Ukraine.

Posting a copy of Boris Bondarev’s resignation statement to her Twitter account, Kira Yarmysh commended the diplomat for being the “only honest person at the Foreign Ministry”.

She is a spokesperson for Russia’s most prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, who was sentenced to nine years in a “strict regime penal colony” in Russia earlier this year.

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