Main modes of $\Lambda$ hyperon was investigated by nonlocal covariant confined quark model. The short-distance effects are induced by five topologies of external and internal weak W± exchange, while long-distance effects are saturated by an inclusion of the so-called pole diagrams with intermediate $1/2^+$ and $1/2^−$ baryon resonances. The contributions from $1/2^+$ resonances are calculated straightforwardly by account for nucleon and $\Sigma$ baryons whereas the contributions from $1/2^−$ resonances are calculated by using the well-known soft-pion theorem in the current-algebra approach. It allows one to express the parity-violating Swave amplitude in terms of parity-conserving matrix elements. It is known that short-distance effects induced by internal topologies are not suppressed in comparison with external W-exchange diagram and must be included for description of data. Here, in the case of Λ decays we found that the contribution of external and internal W-exchange diagrams is sizably suppressed, e.g., by one order of magnitude in comparison with data, which are known with quite good accuracy. Pole diagrams play the major role to get consistency with experiment.