A photograph has surfaced suggesting a Ukrainian former Waffen-SS member might have personally met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
The scandal surrounding the Canadian parliament’s celebration of Ukrainian former Nazi soldier Yaroslav Hunka has escalated, after a photograph was shared on-line suggesting he might have personally met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
A picture posted on Friday on the Fb web page of 98-year-old Hunka’s granddaughter, Theresa, confirmed the World Conflict II Waffen-SS veteran sitting in a wheelchair in a room behind a hall adorned with Canadian and Ukrainian flags.
“Dedo [grandfather] is ready within the reception corridor for Trudeau and [Vladimir] Zelensky,” Theresa wrote within the caption, suggesting that Hunka was anticipating the arrival of the Canadian prime minister and the Ukrainian president.
It’s unclear if the image depicted the second earlier than the Nazi veteran was welcomed on the parliament session attended by Trudeau and Zelensky, or if he was on account of meet them personally. Many X (previously Twitter) customers advised that the latter was true.
Theresa Hunka promptly made her Fb account non-public after the picture was broadly shared on different social media platforms.
🇨🇦🇺🇦 Nicely This Is Awkward!The Speaker of the Canadian Parliament barely had time to take full accountability for inviting SS veteran Yaroslav Hunka (saying Trudeau and Zelensky had nothing to do with it), when reporters discovered a Friday put up from the granddaughter of the Nazi -… pic.twitter.com/anERAU81ib
— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) September 25, 2023
Trudeau himself claimed the celebration of Hunka was “extraordinarily upsetting” and “deeply embarrassing to the Parliament of Canada and by extension to all Canadians.” He didn’t point out any private assembly with the SS veteran, however as an alternative known as for a “push again towards Russian propaganda.”
Hunka had been invited to attend parliament as a “Ukrainian and Canadian hero,” regardless of broadly obtainable photographic proof of his membership within the SS. Canadian Home of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota took sole accountability for the incident, claiming it was his initiative and that he later regretted it.
Trudeau’s workplace insisted that “no advance discover” had been supplied to Zelensky’s delegation or to the Canadian chief about Hunka’s invitation.
The standing ovation the Nazi veteran acquired has sparked fury amongst Jewish Teams and quite a few nations, together with Russia and Poland. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the incident as “outrageous negligence.”
Warsaw has demanded that Rota resign from his put up and that Hunka be charged with battle crimes. The UN acknowledged that it opposes “any honoring of people that actively took half in Nazi actions through the Second World Conflict.”
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