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Zelensky: Kyiv ready for prisoner exchange with Russia

Zelensky: Kyiv ready for prisoner exchange with Russia


The United Nation flag waves within the wind on the highest of an UN constructing in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, June 14, 2021. A veteran Russian diplomat to the UN Workplace at Geneva says he handed in his resignation earlier than sending out a scathing letter to overseas colleagues inveighing in opposition to the “aggressive conflict unleashed” by Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. Boris Bondarev, 41, confirmed his resignation in a letter delivered Monday morning on the Russian diplomatic mission after a diplomatic official handed on his English-language assertion to The Related Press. (Markus Schreiber/AP)

A 20-year veteran of Russia’s diplomatic service introduced his resignation Monday in protest of his nation’s conflict on Ukraine, a number of media retailers reported.  

In a uncommon public protest by a Russian official, Boris Bondarev, a diplomat posted to Russia’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva, posted a press release on a LinkedIn account condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and criticizing the Russian Ministry of Overseas Affairs for complicity in what he described as an an “aggressive conflict” — language that’s proscribed in Russia underneath wartime censorship legal guidelines. 

“For twenty years of my diplomatic profession I’ve seen completely different turns of our overseas coverage, however by no means have I been so ashamed of my nation as on February 24 of this 12 months,” Bondarev wrote, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s resolution to invade Ukraine. “The aggressive conflict unleashed by Putin in opposition to Ukraine, and actually in opposition to all the Western world, just isn’t solely against the law in opposition to the Ukrainian folks, but additionally, maybe, essentially the most severe crime in opposition to the folks of Russia, with a daring letter Z crossing out all hopes and prospects for a affluent free society in our nation.”

The revered Russian enterprise newspaper Kommersant reached out to Bondarev, who confirmed the authenticity of the submit. The New York Occasions confirmed the receipt of a resignation despatched by electronic mail to diplomats in Geneva.

The Russian mission to the UN in Geneva declined to touch upon the matter to CNN, and Bondarev didn’t reply to messages despatched to the LinkedIn account. 

The submit on LinkedIn lambasted Russia’s management for corruption, saying, “Those that conceived this conflict need just one factor – to stay in energy eternally, stay in pompous tasteless palaces, sail on yachts comparable in tonnage and price to all the Russian Navy, having fun with limitless energy and full impunity. To attain that they’re keen to sacrifice as many lives because it takes. Hundreds of Russians and Ukrainians have already died only for this.”

It additionally singled out the Russian Ministry of Overseas Affairs for harsh criticism. 

“I remorse to confess that over all these twenty years the extent of lies and unprofessionalism within the work of the Overseas Ministry has been rising on a regular basis. Nevertheless, in most up-to-date years, this has grow to be merely catastrophic. As an alternative of unbiased data, neutral evaluation and sober forecasting, there are propaganda clichés within the spirit of Soviet newspapers of the Thirties,” the submit learn.

“Right this moment, the Ministry of Overseas Affairs just isn’t about diplomacy. It’s all about warmongering, lies and hatred. It serves pursuits of few, the only a few folks thus contributing to additional isolation and degradation of my nation. Russia now not has allies, and there’s no one responsible however its reckless and ill-conceived coverage,” the submit continued.

The LinkedIn profile describes Bondarev as a veteran of Russian diplomatic service, with experience in arms management and nonproliferation. The image on the profile now has the hashtag #opentowork. 

The US State Division mentioned Monday that Bondarev’s resignation reveals that “regardless of the Kremlin’s propaganda, there are Russians who profoundly disagree with what President Putin is doing in Ukraine and share our concern concerning the hazard he’s creating for all the world neighborhood.”

A State Division spokesperson mentioned it was encouraging that “many are keen to face as much as” Putin and famous that “it takes immense bravery to face as much as an oppressor, and it requires braveness to talk fact to energy, particularly given the Russian authorities’s lengthy and horrible observe report of making an attempt to silence authentic and peaceable protests and dissent.” 

“Plummeting morale is clearly not restricted to Russia’s navy forces combating in Ukraine,” they mentioned. 

“Boris Bondarev’s assertion underscores that folks around the globe, together with in Russia and even inside the Russian authorities, are recognizing the brutality of the Kremlin’s assault on the Ukrainian folks,” the spokesperson mentioned. “They’re doing so regardless of the Kremlin’s greatest efforts to fabricate and perpetuate disinformation.”

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