The battalion commander is in custody and suspected of unauthorized distribution of information.

The 518th Separate Special Purpose Battalion, also known as Dyke Pole Battalion, of Ukrainian 1st Special Purpose Brigade Ivan Bohun, was disbanded. Majority of the personnel have been transferred to a newly formed 150th Reconnaissance Battalion of 9th Army Corps, where they continue to defend Ukrainian land. The 518th Separate Special Purpose Battalion was formed on June 1, 2022, by patriots and volunteers. The unit participated in numerous battles, including the Kharkiv and Kherson offensive.

Major Andriy Malakhov, the now former commander of 518th Battalion, is suspected of unauthorized distribution of information. He reportedly reposted a combat video revealing unwanted stuff, but according to several sources, the act is more politically motivated. He openly criticized Ukrainian President Zelenskyy. The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, at least two times, unsuccessfully proposed to award the “Hero of Ukraine” title for Maj. Malakhov. All request were denied at the top.

The former commander was taken into custody, without an option for bail, and is currently held at Kharkiv Detention Center.

Maj. Andriy Malakhov during a court hearing

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