A pro-Russian politician who was a Ukrainian MP, Oleg Tsaryov, is in intensive care in a gun attack.
The former deputy was shot twice around midnight in the resort where he lives in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014. When the ambulance arrived, Tsaryov was unconscious and had lost a lot of blood.
Tsaryov’s name was floated last year to head a puppet government in kyiv after Moscow launched its invasion on February 24. That morning Tsaryov declared that “as promised, the denazification operation has begun,” reporting that he “was already in Ukraine” and that soon “Kiev would be “liberated from the Nazis.”
It was the president of the We Stand With Russia movement, Vladimir Rogov, who first reported what happened. “Oleg’s condition is very serious. (…) Oleg was shot. I ask the Orthodox to pray for Oleg’s health,” Rogov wrote on Telegram. A message written by the administrator later appeared on Tsarev’s Telegram channel, stating that the politician’s relatives confirmed the information about the assassination attempt.
During his time as a Ukrainian deputy, Tsaryov was part of Victor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions.