Gazprombank Vice President Igor Volobuez fled Russia and joined the Ukrainian army to fight against Russian forces amid the ongoing war.
Born in the city of Okhtyrka in Ukraine’s Sumy Oblast region, Volobuez served as the vice president of the subsidiary of the Russian energy firm for six years.
In an interview with independent Russian news outlet The Insider, Volobuez said that he “could no longer be in Russia” due to the war against Ukraine.
“I could no longer observe from the outside what Russia is doing with my homeland. My visit is like repentance. I want to wash off my Russian past. I want to stay in Ukraine until the victory,” Volobuez said.
Volobuez told Ukrainian news company Liga.net this week that he joined Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces in Kyiv.
Volobuez called Russia’s aggression against Ukraine a war crime.
“This is a crime on the part of Putin, the Russian authorities and, in fact, the Russian people,” Volobuez told The Insider.
Volobuez added that he “also bears responsibility.”
“I am ashamed of this. I will repent for this all my life because I have a double responsibility,” Volobuez said.
It was not clear if Volobuez told Gazprombank that he was leaving before he fled Russia.
Gazprombank is the third largest bank in Russia by assets. Europeans pay for Russian gas through the bank.
Volobuez is not the first high-profile business executive to flee Russia amid the ongoing invasion in Ukraine.
The Moscow Times reported that a Russian Sberbank senior executive fled to the United States earlier this month.
The Polish News reported that Andrei Panov, the deputy general director of Russian airline Aeroflot, fled to Israel last month.
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