“I’m lying, preparing for the operation. Tomorrow [она должна пройти]. <...> A fragment in the cervical vertebrae. He can’t get out due to possible paralysis. And extracting is also a problem. They think [как извлечь осколок]”, he told the agency.
Rogozin went to the special operations zone in October, taking the call sign “Cosmos”, later changing to “Sarmat”. In November, he led a group of military advisers providing military-technical support to units in the DPR.
On the night of December 22, Rogozin was injured during the shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine of a hotel on the outskirts of Donetsk, and the head of the DPR government, Vitaly Khotsenko, who, according to Rogozin, was the main objective.
The DPR doctors were unable to remove the fragment from Rogozin’s spine, after which he was transferred to Moscow for treatment.