The medical condition of former director general of Russian space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, has deteriorated, Russian propaganda media outlet RIA Novosti reported on Dec. 22.
Rogozin was hospitalized the day before, following Russian media claims of a Ukrainian artillery strike on a restaurant in occupied Donetsk where the ex-Roscosmos head had decided to spend his birthday,
Local doctors were unable to remove all of the shell fragments embedded in Rogozin’s body, RIA wrote, and a decision was made to transfer the former official to Moscow for further treatment.
Oleg Tsaryov, a representative of the Donbas puppet authority, confirmed that Rogozin’s health was rapidly declining.
"Dmitry Rogozin's injuries are heavier than it seemed at first,” he said on social media.
“Everything is more complicated.”
The attack on the Donetsk restaurant reportedly killed two of Rogozin’s companions, and also injured Vitaliy Khotsenko, a high ranking member of the Donetsk puppet authority.