Russia responds to the scandal in Canada surrounding Zelensky

The Russian Embassy in Ottawa is demanding an explanation from the Canadian Foreign Ministry regarding the appearance in parliament of a Ukrainian Nazi serving in the SS Galizien division.

– The embassy sends a note to the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office asking for an explanation – said Oleg Stepanov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Ottawa.

He argued that the SS had been declared a criminal organization by the Nuremberg Tribunal rulings, which are “an integral part of international law.” – By honoring a member of this criminal organization, the Canadian Cabinet and members of Parliament have violated not only moral but also legal norms – he added.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “many Western countries, including Canada, have raised a young generation that does not know who fought against whom and what happened during the Second World War.” – And they know nothing about the threat of fascism. This risks manifestations of fascism here and there. We see fascism trying to get back on its feet in the center of Europe, in Ukraine, he argued.

Scandal in Canada involving Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Canadian parliament applauded SS Galizien veteran Yaroslav Hunka, who was described by parliament speaker Anthony Rota as a “Ukrainian and Canadian hero” who fought the Soviets during World War II.

The case caused an international scandal. The intervention was initiated by Jewish circles, as well as by the Polish ambassador to Canada, Witold Dzielski. Ultimately, the speaker of Canada’s parliament apologized for honoring the Nazi collaborator, stating that he took “full responsibility” for what happened.

Ukrainian volunteers in the SS

14th Grenadier Division, the so-called The SS Galizien or “Hałyczyna” Division was a collaborationist unit of the criminal Waffen-SS formation, consisting of Ukrainian volunteers from Galicia. Major General Fritz Freitag became the commander of the SS Galizien, and Major Wolf Heike became the chief of staff.

The Germans established this formation in Lviv in 1943 to fill the personnel shortage. This was an element of competition with the Wehrmacht: foreign SS battalions allowed their chief, Heinrich Himmler, to expand the Waffen-SS beyond the borders set by the army.

From a few volunteers for the SS Galizien, the Germans created Galician police regiments, which, among other things, took part in the mass murders of the Polish population during the Second World War. These units committed numerous crimes in eastern Lesser Poland and the Lublin region in 1944, including in Huta Pieniacka. The research into this is carried out by the Institute of National Remembrance.

Source: Do Rzeczy