Boris Bondarev, the Undersecretary of the Permanent Mission of Russia to the United Nations, announced his resignation, explaining his discomfort with Russia’s attacks on Ukraine with the words “I have never been so ashamed of my country”. “I have never been so ashamed of my country,” said 41-year-old Undersecretary Boris Bondarev, who is Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, explaining his resignation. “In my 20-year diplomatic career, I have seen many different aspects of our foreign policy, but I have never been as ashamed of my country as I was on February 24 of this year,” Bondarev, who submitted his resignation letter to the Russian diplomatic missions in the morning, said in his letter. Speaking about Russia’s position on Ukraine, Bondarev said: “What my government is doing now is not tolerable.
As a public servant, I have to bear the responsibility for this and I don’t want to do it,” he said. Stating that he has not yet received a return from the Russian authorities, Bondarev said: “Am I worried about a possible reaction from Russia? I have to be worried about this,” he explained. Bondarev, who also made statements targeting the Russian Foreign Ministry, said: “Today, the Foreign Ministry has nothing to do with diplomacy. It’s all about war-mongering, lies and hate,” he said. Bondarev also said that he had not considered leaving Geneva following his resignation.