Medals from World War 2

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that the singling out of a Ukrainian veteran alleged to have fought for the Nazis during World War II for a standing ovation during a visit by Kyiv's leader was shameful and intolerable.

House Speaker Anthony Rota has apologized for the gaffe.

He'd paid homage to Yaroslav Hunka, a 98-year-old Ukrainian immigrant, during President Volodymyr Zelensky's visit to Canada on Friday, telling the House of Commons Hunka had "fought for Ukrainian independence."

It was later pointed out that Hunka served in the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, a Nazi military unit.

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