Following the scandalous incident, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to the world on behalf of Canada for applauding in parliament a Ukrainian man who fought for a Nazi unit during the Second World War. "This is a mistake that deeply shames parliament and Canada," Trudeau said.


98-year-old former Nazi soldier Yaroslav Hunka resigned after being invited to the parliament.

The Canadian Prime Minister said he apologized directly to Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, who was present in parliament during the incident.


The footage of Zelenski standing in parliament and applauding the Nazi soldier has become an important propaganda tool in Russia.

Trudeau said, "All of us in this parliament on Friday deeply regret that we stood up and applauded Yaroslav Hunka without knowing the context. This was a terrible violation of the memory of the millions of people who died in the Holocaust. It was very, very painful for the Jewish people and for millions of others who were targets of the Nazi genocide."

Hunka served under Nazi command in the 14th Waffen-SS Grenadier Division, a volunteer unit made up mostly of ethnic Ukrainians.Although members of the division were accused of killing Polish and Jewish civilians, the unit was never found guilty of any war crimes by a court.2023-09-28-14-48-45-stmynwqt0uv-qj-JwfW