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On June 17, the 400-member
unit of the Ukrainian army launched an unauthorized attack on Kremlin-backed
insurgent positions near Luhansk and lost the battle. Four Ukrainian soldiers
were killed and eight soldiers were taken hostages.

Now
Ukraine’s top military commanders want
to disband Aydar because of the incident, according to commander
Melnychuk.

National Security and Defense Council Secretary Andriy Parubiy said on
June 23 that information about disbandment of the
battalion was false and President Petro Poroshenko called the
situation with Aydar a “misunderstanding.” 

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