Russia Former Deputy Prime Minister Injured in Donetsk Bombblast After Location Leaked

  • An ex-Russian space chief claimed that he was injured by an exploding artillery round in a Donetsk Hotel.
  • Dmitry Rogozin was also Russia’s deputy Prime Minister. He was one of many who were wounded. 
  • Reports claim that two people died in the attack. Rogozin suggested that it occurred after Rogozin’s location was leaked.

Dmitry Rogozin was the former Russian space chief and also served as Russia’s deputy prime minister. He said that an exploding artillery round had struck him in an area of eastern Ukraine under Russian control.

Rogozin was in a hotel in Donetsk, Russian-occupied Donetsk when the artillery shell struck him on Thursday. He said this on his website Telegram channel.

The former head Russian space agency Roscosmos claimed that he was injured on the shoulder and needed surgery. Russian media outlets reported that he was also struck in the buttocks as well as his head. 

Officials claimed that the shells struck the hotel Wednesday, just before a meeting that Rogozin had organized. Reuters reported.

Rogozin shared a message in which he claimed that Ukraine was behind this attack.

Ukraine did not claim responsibility for Rogozin’s illegal crossing into Ukraine. However, Ukraine’s border force stated that Rogozin was responsible and warned that the actions could have serious consequences. the Associated Press reported.

Rogozin claimed on Telegram, that he was visiting the building to “a business meeting with close friends after returning from one the volunteer units.”

Russian state-owned news agency TASS reported Two people were killed by the shelling, and several others were injured. including Vitaly Khotsenko, the Russian head of Donestk Region, is pictured here.

Photos taken at the Shesh-Besh, where several Russian officials were staying, show a scene of Christmas behind a bloodied dining room.

Exterior damage was also done to the building. 

Russia's Roscosmos former space agency Director General Dmitry Rogozin looks on at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan July 20, 2019.

FILE PHOTO – Russia’s Roscosmos ex-space agency Director General Dmitry Rogozin watches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, July 20, 2019.

REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

Rogozin, in Telegram, suggested that his location had been “leaked,” which he claimed resulted in a “targeted attack.” 

He stated, “We have been staying in that hotel for the last few months, and the enemy hadn’t attacked that place in the eight years since conflict in the Donbas broke forth.”

After trolling Elon Musk on Twitter, the former space chief was fired by President Putin in July. a new agreementRoscosmos, the Russian space agency, and NASA were able to coordinate flights to the International Space Station (ISS).

Rogozin now appears as the leader of a volunteer unit supporting Russia’s proxy forces, in eastern Ukraine. the BBC reported.

TASS reportedHe is the head of Tsar’s Wolves which supports these forces.

Russia has claimed Ukraine’s Donetsk region as part of Russia since 2014. Since then, it has installed proxy leaders to the government. Ukraine has taken back some territory in Donetsk in recent weeks.

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