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Russian diplomat resigns over what he calls country's 'aggressive war' on Ukraine

Diplomat identified as Boris Bondarev, 20-year veteran assigned to the United Nations in Geneva

Published: May 24, 2022 8:01am

Updated: May 24, 2022 8:22am

A veteran Russian diplomat has resigned over his country's invasion of Ukraine, in a harsh online rebuke in which he accuses his government of "warmongering, lies and hatred."

The diplomat, Boris Bondarev, who until his resignation Monday was assigned to the United Nations in Geneva, announced his departure on a LinkedIn account after 20 years of service, according to CNN.  

Bondarev, in the lengthy post, took particular aim at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for what he considers the agency's complicity in what he called an "aggressive war" against neighboring Ukraine. 

"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," wrote Bondarev, referring to when Russian President Vladimir Putin decide to invade Ukraine. "Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not about diplomacy. It is all about warmongering, lies and hatred."

The resignation has been confirmed by several news outlets.

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