As Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine blows past a staggering four months, some of his most loyal leaders in various positions have seemingly had enough.
According to PJ Media, “Boris Bondarev resigned in protest on Monday from his Foreign Ministry post at the UN Office at Geneva,” citing a letter he wrote to that effect which stated, “Never have I been so ashamed of my country.”
The letter, which was notably written in English, was anonymously delivered to the Associated Press for dissemination to the rest of the world. In the letter, Bondraev held nothing back about his current thoughts on the invasion, which he described as a “crime against the Ukrainian people.”
“For twenty 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,” Bondarev wrote.
He added: “The aggressive war unleashed by Putin against Ukraine, and in fact against the entire Western world, is not only a crime against the Ukrainian people, but also, perhaps, the most serious 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.”
Russian diplomat Boris Bondarev resigns over Ukraine war, saying he has ‘never been so ashamed of my country’ https://t.co/0bPHhE8Fny
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The former diplomat slammed the Foreign Ministry, calling out its propaganda machine, saying it pumps out “propaganda clichés in the spirit of Soviet newspapers of the 1930s. A system has been built that deceives itself.”
“It is intolerable what my government is doing now,” Bondarev said in an AP interview after his resignation, adding, “As a civil servant, I have to carry a share of responsibility for that, and I don’t want to do that.”
His very public exit was described as “rare,” given how extremely reluctant any Russian official would be to not only resign, but criticize the country on the way out. Putin has a history of not taking kindly to such actions, and hopefully, Bondarev has taken appropriate security measures.