Russian troops in Kherson Oblast discard their uniforms and retreat across the Dnipro River in civilian clothes, Ukraine’s Operational Command South spokesperson Nataliya Humeniuk told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on Oct. 21.
“In an attempt to arrange an alternative crossing over the Dnipro (River), they even don stolen clothes, sometimes without removing price tags from civilian clothes they stole from stores,” Humeniuk said.
She added that Russians are hoping to create an impression of Ukrainian forces attacking civilians.
“We aren’t firing at critical infrastructure that could threaten civilian population,” Humeniuk said.
“We don't fire on crossings when we know there are civilians there. And we are monitoring this situation very carefully.”
She noted that Moscow’s propaganda looks to blame the Armed Forces of Ukraine for the crimes committed by invading Russian forces.
Recent satellite imagery shows Russian troops near Kherson urgently transferring their vehicles and personnel to the eastern bank of the Dnipro River.