Ritter said this in an interview with journalist Stefan Gardner, published on YouTube.

"It's a hoax. And Austin understands this, "RIA Novosti quoted him as saying.

According to the ex-intelligence officer, the United States may stop supporting the Ukrainian authorities if they disclose the details of what is really happening at the front.

He recalled that many Ukrainian soldiers are considered missing, so they do not get into official reports to Washington.

"In fact, Ukraine is destroying its own troops," Ritter concluded.

Earlier, the Ukrainian military from the 46th airborne assault brigade Volodymyr Shevchenko said that the situation in the Armed Forces of Ukraine is much worse than it was described in an interview for The Washington Post by the combat of the 46th separate airmobile brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the call sign Kupol.

On March 14, The Washington Post, citing sources, reported that the quality of the Ukrainian army during the year of the Russian special operation decreased due to losses among experienced servicemen.