The prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeauconsidered “regrettable” and “shameful” he tribute that the Parliament of Canada gave last Friday to Ukrainian Yaroslav Hunkawho fought on the side of the Nazi Germany during world war II.
“It is very unfortunate that this has happened. The Speaker of Parliament has acknowledged his mistake and has apologized. But it is something that deeply embarrasses the Parliament of Canada and, by extension, all Canadians,” Trudeau told media at the Parliament, according to the chain CBC.
For his part, the spokesman for the UN Secretary General, Stepháne Dujarric, said he was against “any tribute to people who actively participated in Nazi activities during the Second World War.”
Given the controversy, the president of the House of Representatives of Canada, Anthony Rota, apologized this Monday for the ovation given by the deputies to Hunka, to which he even describe as “a hero” and thanked “all his services” despite his past linked to Nazi Germany, the agency stated Europa Press.
“I have subsequently become aware of more information that makes me regret my decision to honor Hunka. I want to make it clear that no one, including my parliamentary colleagues and the Ukrainian delegation, knew my intention or my comments before I made them,” Rota said. in an attempt to exempt the rest of the members of the House.
For his part, the Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskovcataloged “outrageous” the tribute and took the opportunity to justify the Russian invasion of Ukraine, arguing that, precisely, Moscow initiated the so-called “special military operation“, to confront the rise of Nazism in said country and against which they maintain “an irreconcilable struggle.”
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Who is Yaroslav Hunka
Hunka, 98, was part of the 14th Waffen SS Grenadier Division, also known as ‘Galitzia’, a volunteer unit that was under the command of the elite Schutzstaffel combat corps and whose objective was to fight against the Union. Soviet.
The Canadian authorities have indicated in a statement that the decision to invite him to Parliament and honor him was made solely by Rota, while the Government has pointed out that the Executive was also not aware of Hunka’s presence during the event.