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Boris Bondarev (Boris Bondarev via AP)

Sergiy Kyslytsya, a senior Ukrainian diplomat to the United Nations, said the resignation in protest of a Russian foreign service officer is a “very brave act”, but he remains disappointed that so few Russian diplomats have spoken out.

“On the one hand, I can say it was a very brave act,” Kyslytsya told CNN’s chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. “On the other hand, I would say that I am disappointed.

“We are very disappointed in three months and given the figures from the Russian foreign service, there is only one known case of a person who has the dignity and moral standards to speak out against evil,” Kyslytsya said. .

Boris Bondarev, a 20-year veteran of the Russian diplomatic service, announced his resignation on Monday in protest against his country’s war on Ukraine by posting a statement on a LinkedIn account. In the message, he criticized the Russian Foreign Ministry for participating in a “war of aggression” – language banned in Russia under wartime censorship laws.

Kyslytsya said Russian diplomats who continue to be complicit in Russia’s war on Ukraine will ultimately be held accountable for their actions.

“I have to face Russian diplomats every week, at least once or twice, in the Security Council. It’s so hard because you can’t believe it, that people can tell those lies so bluntly. But you know, like I said in one of the first meetings, lying and lying and lying is basically making sure they got the best place, if I may say so, in hell for them,” he said.

“I think anything they say in the Security Council can and will be used in a tribunal that will be created. There is no end to this story until everyone, including Russian diplomats, is called to account,” he said.

Kyslytsya drew a parallel between today’s Russian diplomats and the ultimate fate of Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi Germany’s foreign minister between 1938 and 1945. Von Ribbentrop was found guilty and sentenced to death by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal after World War II.

“When Ribbentrop denied his knowledge of the concentration camps, at the end of the day he was convicted. We all know what happened to him,” the ambassador said.

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