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Former Russian deputy prime minister injured by shelling in Donetsk | Russo-Ukrainian War


Dmitry Rogozin said he was struck by shrapnel during an attack on a hotel in eastern Ukraine.

A former Russian deputy prime minister says he was injured in a shelling of a hotel in Russia’s eastern region. Ukraine.

Dmitry Rogozin, who also head of Russia’s space agencysaid on Thursday that he had been struck by shrapnel above his shoulder blade when the attack on the building, located on the outskirts of Donetsk, took place a day earlier.

The 59-year-old, a staunch supporter of the Russian attack in Ukraine, announced in a post on his Telegram channel that he would require an operation following the incident.

“We have lived in this hotel all these months, and in eight years the enemy has never bombarded the place. Someone leaked the information, and around 19:45 there were some highly accurate hits, including where we were directly located,” Rogozin said.

Rogozin has in recent months been linked to a group of military advisers supporting pro-Russian forces fighting alongside Moscow’s military in eastern Ukraine.

The city of Donetsk, the capital of the larger Donetsk region, has been controlled since 2014 by Kremlin-backed separatists, who have repeatedly accused Ukrainian forces of shelling the urban center.

According to Russian media reports, Vitaly Khotsenko, head of the Moscow-appointed government of the self-proclaimed, separatist Donetsk People’s Republic, was also wounded in Wednesday’s shelling.

Denis Pushilin, who manages the Russian-controlled part of Donetsk, was quoted by Russia’s RIA news agency as saying that two more people next to Rogozin and Khotsenko were killed in the attack.

Donetsk is one of four partially occupied regions, along with Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhia, which Moscow unilaterally annexed in September.

Luhansk and Donetsk combine to form the industrial region of Donbas in eastern Ukraine – the site of recent fierce fighting between Moscow’s forces and the Ukrainian army.

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