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London, September 26: Canada’s House of Commons Speaker Anthony Rota has apologized for praising a Ukrainian Nazi war veteran. According to a media report, it is being told that Canadian Speaker Anthony Rota had praised Yaroslav Hunka, a Ukrainian man who served in the Nazi division during World War II. For which he later apologized.
Canadian speaker Anthony Rota praised Yaroslav Hunka, saying Hunka was a “hero”. Canadian Speaker Anthony Rota stood up and greeted Yaroslav Hunka, who was sitting in the gallery in Parliament, and said that Hunka had fought on behalf of Ukraine against Russia during World War II. After this statement, all the Canadian MPs also stood up and greeted Yaroslav Hunka. But later when they came to know that Yaroslav Hunka had also served in Hitler’s Nazi army, they realized their mistake.
This was said during the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. When this statement was made, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was present in the Canadian Parliament along with Canadian President Justin Trudeau.
This kind of praise and accolade of Yaroslav Hunka did not sit well with the Canadian Jewish group. The Canadian Jewish group CIJA responded by saying that it congratulated Yaroslav Hunka (98), a veteran of the Nazi division who took part in the genocide of the Jews and who is being praised in this way. Going and celebrating. This experience was very disturbing.
According to a BBC report, it says that this should never happen again. Zelensky was accompanied by Canadian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelensky, who was also present in Parliament along with Canadian President Justin Trudeau.
Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers were fighting on the German side during the war. But millions of people were also serving in the Soviet Red Army.
Later, reacting to all this, Canadian Speaker Anthony Rota issued a statement saying that I regret what I have done and what I have said. I commented to Yaroslav Lyubka, a man sitting in the gallery in parliament after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address, that it was not appropriate. I regret this decision of mine.
Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada, Anthony Rota further said that I take full responsibility for whatever comments I have made. My fellow MPs or the Ukrainian delegation did not know anything about this. He did not have any information related to this. Whatever initiative was taken was my initiative.