With the resumption of active hostilities in eastern Ukraine, moral and psychological state of Russian occupation forces is declining, while defections of military from the "1st Army Corps" (Donetsk) of the RF armed forces, also with weapon, is increasing, the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine's Defense Ministry wrote on Facebook.

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"Checkpoints were set up in rear areas by order of the Chief of Staff of the 1st Army Corps to identify soldiers who voluntarily left the battle positions," said in a statement.

The Main Intelligence Directorate noted that soldiers of the detached commandant regiment of the "1st Army Corps" and units of the so-called "internal troops", manned by the Federal National Guard Troops Service of the Russian Federation had been involved in performing "barrage" functions in the Donetsk direction with the right to the use weapons. In the Mariupol direction, "special guard units" of the "1st Army Corps" as well as representatives of the military commander's office had also been involved to this end.