“In the areas of the settlements of Opytnoe and Pervomaiskoye of the Donetsk People’s Republic, more than two hundred servicemen of the 56th motorized infantry brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine refused to carry out combat missions and left their positions without permission due to heavy losses,” he said.

According to Konashenkov, about 140 servicemen out of 580 on the list remained in the third battalion of this brigade.

On August 8, the Ministry of Defense reported that the national formation "Kraken" had lost its combat capability as a result of the destruction of nationalist deployment centers, mass casualties and desertion.