The former deputy prime minister and former head of Roscomosthe Russian Space Agency, Dmitry Rogozinturned out injured last night in a ukrainian attack with artillery fire against the city of Donetskin eastern Ukraine.
“I am injured. A 3×4 mm metal splinter entered above the right shoulder blade. We will have to operate. Several people close to me were also injured,” Rogozin wrote today on his Telegram channel.
Among the other wounded is the head of government of the self-proclaimed Donestk People’s Republic, Vitali Khotsenkowho refused to be hospitalized.
“It was a work meeting (…) after returning from visiting one of the volunteer units. We have stayed in this hotel all these months and in eight years the enemy has never attacked this place,” Rogozin added.
The former senior Russian official noted that “someone passed the information” Ukrainians that a meeting was taking place there.
“There were several hits, including where we were,” said Rogozin, who turned 59 yesterday and who, according to social media posts, was celebrating in the hotel restaurant at the time of the attack.
Rogozin, a journalist by training, resigned from the leadership of Roscosmos last July.
Three months later he announced the creation of a group of military advisers, called “The Tsar’s Wolves”to support units of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, annexed by Russia together with the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions on September 30.
(With information from EFE)
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