Poland’s Education Ministry has taken steps toward extraditing the 98-year-old Ukrainian Nazi veteran Yaroslav Hunka, who was honored by Canadian parliamentarians last week in the presence of Ukraine President Volodimir Zelenskyy.
Hunka was introduced as a Canadian-Ukrainian war hero during Zelenskyy’s visit to Canada by House Speaker Anthony Rota – who has since resigned – prompting a standing ovation from parliamentarians and a subsequent public apology by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau called the situation in which Canadian parliamentarians, including himself, were let to honor a member of the criminal Nazi SS Galizien formation that served under the command of the Nazis in Adolf Hitler’s WWII fight against Russia’s Red Army, “extremely upsetting and deeply embarrassing.”
In view of the scandalous events, Polish Education Minister Przemysław Czarnek announced that he has taken steps towards the possible extradition of Hunka to Poland, asking Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance – a body that researches and investigates past crimes against the Polish nation – to urgently examine if he’s wanted for crimes against Polish Jews.
Czarnek noted that any sign of such crimes is grounds to apply to Canada for Hunka’s extradition.