Canada: controversial applause for a Nazi veteran in Parliament

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Yaroslav Hunka (right) awaits the arrival of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

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Canadian House of Commons Leader Anthony Rota has apologized for raising a Ukrainian who served under a Nazi regiment during World War II.

Yaroslav Hunka, 98, sat in the House and received a standing ovation from Parliament after Rota called him a “hero” during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the Canadian legislature.

The Jewish group CIJA said it was “very disturbed” that a veteran of a Nazi division who participated in the genocide of the Jews had been honored.

The group added that such incidents “cannot happen again.”

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