Putin boot licker in intensive care after being shot

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Putin boot licker in intensive care after being shot
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Anastasia Vlasova/EPA/REX/Shutterstock (7967276k) Pro-russian Presidential Candidate on the Presidential Elections Oleg Tsaryov (c) Speaks to Protesters During a Rally Near of the Occupied Security Service Building in Lugansk Ukraine 12 April 2014 Ukraine's Acting Prime Minister Yatsenyuk on 11 April Offered Further Concessions to Separatist Protesters During a Visit to the East of the Country Speaking After a Meeting with Local Officials in the City of Donetsk Yatsenyuk Said That Local Administrations Should No Longer Be Appointed by Kiev and That the Ukrainian Parliament Should Allow Referendums on a Regional Level Local News Agencies Reported Ukraine Lugansk Ukraine Crisis - Apr 2014
Oleg Tsaryov has been badly wounded after being shot (Picture: Anastasia Vlasova/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

A pro-Russian Ukrainian politician has suffered serious injuries after being shot.

Oleg Tsaryov is in intensive care following the incident, a Russian official confirmed on Friday.

Mr Tsaryov was reported to have been lined up by Moscow to lead a puppet administration in Kyiv after Russia’s invasion.

‘Oleg’s condition is very serious. He is currently in intensive care,’ said Vladimir Rogov, a senior Russian-installed official in southern Ukraine.

It’s not yet known where the shooting happened.

Despite reports suggesting Mr Tsaryov would head up a Russian-controlled government in Ukraine, he denied the claims.

He previously told the Financial Times that the idea was ‘pretty funny’ because he was just running a wellness business in Crimea and was ‘not important enough’.

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