Commander of the Ukrainian armed forces Gen. Valery Zaluzhny received a head injury and shrapnel wounds as a result of Russia’s missile strike in early May, a representative of Russian law enforcement agencies told Sputnik on Wednesday, citing Ukraine military sources.
“First aid was provided Zaluzhny in Nikolayev in order to stop the bleeding. He had a cranial trepanation done in the Kiev military hospital,” the representative said.
The condition of the Ukrainian commander-in-chief is complicated by the presence of an underlying disease of Type 2 diabetes, the source said.
“The forecast is that he will live, but he will not be able to do his job,” the representative concluded.
The Ukrainian top general stopped appearing on public after a Russian missile strike on a number of military objects.
A member of a hacktivist group in the Donetsk People’s Republic told Sputnik, citing sources in Ukrainian Armed Forces, that Western patrons have urged Kiev to hide information about Zaluzhny’s condition in order to preserve the last bits of morale, which has been completely undermined by the Russian liberation of Artemovsk.