Former Russian space chief sends shrapnel to French envoy in Moscow – POLITICO


Russian politician Dmitry Rogozin, a former head of the state space agency and a strong supporter of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, said he sent the Paris ambassador to Moscow a fragment of French-made artillery extracted from a wound he had sustained during the occupation of Donetsk.

Rogozin claims that the shell fragment came from a French artillery device, a 155 mm Caesar gun. He said he sent the piece to the French ambassador to Russia, Pierre Lévy, along with a letter, according to a message posted on a Telegram channel listed as his on his verified Twitter account.

The Telegram message, which is accompanied by photos of the letter and the shrapnel fragment, shares an article by Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, which published excerpts from Rogozin’s letter.

“I ask you to give the shrapnel cut from my spine to the President of France, Emmanuel Macron,” Rogozin wrote according to the excerpts, adding that he hoped the French representative understood “the extent of (his ) personal responsibility” in the bombing. which caused his injury.

Rogozin, the former director general of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, was injured on December 21 in a bombing of the hotel where he was staying in Russian-occupied Donetsk, in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

He confirmed his injury on Telegram the next day: “I was injured. 3×4mm metal fragment (shell) entered above my right shoulder blade. An operation is approaching.

Ukraine never claimed responsibility for the strike, but the Ukrainian border guard later issued a tongue-in-cheek statement saying that Rogozin, a Russian citizen, had been “told” he was in Ukraine illegally.

France has sent 18 César guns – French truck-mounted howitzers – to Ukraine since the start of the war, where Macron said last October that they had proved “decisive in the Donbass region”. During this same interview on French television, Macron announced that his country would deliver six new guns.

Contacted by POLITICO, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs could not immediately respond to a request for comment.



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