Ukraine accused Russia of bringing military ammunition into the country under the guise of humanitarian aid, according to a Tuesday report by the government-affiliated website Sprotyv.
According to the report, on November 5, dozens of tons of humanitarian aid and food were delivered by the Russian army to the areas it occupies in Ukraine. However, a large portion of the so-called humanitarian aid was in fact military winter uniforms and ammunition.
The Ukrainian Special Forces claimed that these tactics have been used by Russia since its 2014 invasion of Ukraine. The report added that "it gives them [Russia] the opportunity not only to create the image of a 'good force,' but also to hide military goals."
Russian forces take a hit in Ukraine
The retreat of Russian forces from the west bank of the Dnipro River was ordered by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday in the face of Ukrainian attacks near the southern city of Kherson, according to Russian state media.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that the Russian forces are suffering heavy losses as the result of a "fierce" attack by the Ukrainian army in eastern Donetsk.
"Very fierce Russian attacks on the Donetsk region are continuing. The enemy is suffering serious losses there," Zelensky said in his nightly video address.
US Gen. Mark Milley said on Wednesday that Russia had suffered more than 100,000 of its soldiers being killed or wounded. He also estimated that Ukraine has suffered a similar number of military casualties, as well as around 40,000 among civilians.
Roman Meitav and Reuters contributed to this article.