A RUSSIAN diplomat quit in disgust over his country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Boris Bondarev, 41, who was at the UN Office at Geneva, then released a scathing statement against the war.
Referring to the date of the invasion, he said: “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 Feb 24.”
His resignation is a rare public admission of Russian disgruntlement about the war.
Mr Bondarev said he had not received any reaction from Russian officials.
He added: “It is intolerable what my government is doing now.
“As a civil servant, I have to carry a share of responsibility for that. And I don’t want to do that.”
He had no plans to leave Switzerland, he said.
Asked if some colleagues felt the same, Mr Bondarev said: “Not all Russian diplomats are warmongering.
“They are reasonable, but they have to keep their mouths shut.”