Ukraine: Russia is bringing in ammunition disguised as humanitarian aid

Russia has reportedly smuggled military supplies into the occupied areas of Ukraine by disguising the deliveries as humanitarian aid.

 Members of the people's militia of the Donetsk and Lugansk (Luhansk) regions, which is part of the Russian armed forces, take part in a ceremony to receive UAZ off-road vehicles in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict, in the Rostov region, Russia November 4, 2022. (photo credit: REUTERS/SERGEY PIVOVAROV)
Members of the people's militia of the Donetsk and Lugansk (Luhansk) regions, which is part of the Russian armed forces, take part in a ceremony to receive UAZ off-road vehicles in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict, in the Rostov region, Russia November 4, 2022.
(photo credit: REUTERS/SERGEY PIVOVAROV)

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.

 A member of the Ukrainian National Guard prepares a D-30 howitzer for a fire towards Russian troops, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine October 5, 2022 (credit: REUTERS/VYACHESLAV MADIYEVSKYY) A member of the Ukrainian National Guard prepares a D-30 howitzer for a fire towards Russian troops, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv region, Ukraine October 5, 2022 (credit: REUTERS/VYACHESLAV MADIYEVSKYY)

"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.