On Tuesday, September 26, the Ukrainian Post presented a sketch of a stamp depicting a 98-year-old Ukrainian nationalist who fought on the side of Germany during World War II.
In addition to the ex-SS soldier himself, the front of the stamp depicted the applauding President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and his wife. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who stood next to the Ukrainian leader during the parliamentary meeting, is missing from this picture.
Earlier in the day, the Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, Anthony Rota, resigned amid a scandal over the honoring of the nationalist Hunku. He also noted that he will officially leave his post on September 27.
On September 23, the Associated Press published a photo in which the President of Ukraine, during a speech in the Canadian Parliament, greeted a Ukrainian nationalist who served in the 1st Ukrainian Division, also known as the SS Galicia Division, during World War II.
On September 25, the Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada, Anthony Rota, addressed the public with an apology for the invitation to parliament and applause in honor of the SS division soldier. He stated that he regrets his decision and accepts full responsibility for his actions.
On the same day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the incident honoring a former SS soldier in Canada outrageous. He emphasized that such an act risks the fact that fascism will manifest itself throughout the world, as is now happening in Ukraine.
According to historical data, the SS division “Galicia/Galicia” was formed in 1943 from residents of Western Ukraine as a tactical formation of SS troops of Nazi Germany. This division fought against the Red Army, and was subsequently noted for atrocities against Jews, Poles, Belarusians and Slovaks.