Russia charged Nazi Applauded By Canadian Parliament:
Russia investigators announced on Friday that they had officially charged Nazi war veteran Yaroslav Hunka with genocide, following an incident that drew global attention last month when Canadian lawmakers inadvertently applauded him during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to the Canadian parliament.
The incident prompted the speaker of the Canadian parliament, Anthony Rota, to resign amid widespread condemnation. Hunka, a World War II veteran, has been charged in absentia with “the genocide of civilians on the territory of the Ukrainian SSR during the Great Patriotic War,” according to Russia’s Investigative Committee.
The charges specifically relate to events that occurred from February 23 to 28, 1944, when Hunka and other members of his SS division were accused of killing “at least 500 citizens of the USSR” in the village of Huta Pieniacka. Among the victims were Jews and Poles, who were reportedly shot, burned in residential houses, and even inside a church.
Russia is now considering the issuance of an international arrest warrant for Hunka and has reached out to Canada, Poland, and Belarus with requests for legal assistance in the case.
Hunka’s inadvertent applause during President Zelensky’s visit had stirred controversy, with Russia swiftly seizing upon the incident, calling for Canada to bring the 98-year-old Nazi veteran to justice. This incident has further underscored Russia’s persistent efforts to portray the pro-Western Ukrainian government, led by the Jewish President Zelensky, as neo-Nazi, which Moscow has used as a pretext for its actions in Ukraine.
In September, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly apologized for the incident, describing it as a “terrible mistake.”