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A Russian diplomat working as part of the country’s mission to the United Nations resigned his post yesterday in protest of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Boris Bondarev, who had worked for the Russian Foreign Ministry since 2002, released a scathing public statement in which he criticized President Vladimir Putin, calling the war a crime against both the Ukrainian and Russian people.
Moscow has not commented on Bondarev’s departure or public denouncement. Read the full resignation letter here.
In related news, a 21-year-old Russian tank commander was sentenced to life in prison by a Ukrainian court after pleading guilty to killing an unarmed civilian four days into the war. The verdict capped the first war crimes trial held by Ukraine against captured Russian soldiers.
On the ground, Russia continued its assault on eastern Ukraine. Reports suggest Russian forces have made slow but steady gains in consolidating their position in the Donbas region. See updates here.