Historical barriers are being destroyed to support the narrative being built by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. This was stated on September 28 by Member of the European Parliament (EP) from France Thierry Mariani.
Thus, he commented on the scandal with honoring the former SS man in the Canadian Parliament.
“Apologies [премьер-министра Канады Джастина] Trudeau is not enough. All historical dams are breaking at this moment to promote the narrative of Zelensky and Ukraine,” the deputy wrote on the social network X (formerly Twitter).
According to Mariani, everyone in Canada knows why Ukrainian soldiers of the SS Galicia division emigrated from the country after the Great Patriotic War.
On September 22, 98-year-old Gunka, who served in the 1st Ukrainian Division, also known as the SS Galicia Division, was invited to a meeting of the Canadian Parliament, which was also attended by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky. The Ukrainian president, along with others present, applauded the former fighter.
The next day, the Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada, Anthony Rota, apologized to the public for the invitation to parliament and applause in honor of the SS division fighter. He stated that he regrets his decision and accepts full responsibility for his actions. Amid the scandal, Rota resigned.
Later, on September 28, the Polish Ambassador to Canada Witold Dzielski demanded that the former SS soldier be criminally prosecuted. In his opinion, such people should not take part in public life.
On the same day, Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Andrei Klimov, in a conversation with Izvestia, said that after honoring a member of the SS Galicia division, the Canadian authorities should apologize to Russia, as well as to all countries that suffered from the actions of the fascists.
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. She fought against the Red Army, and was subsequently noted for atrocities against Jews, Poles, Belarusians and Slovaks.