Ottawa: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for Parliament’s recognition of a man who fought alongside the Nazis in the Second World War during last week’s address by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Before offering “unreserved apologies” on Canada’s behalf in the House of Commons for what unfolded during Zelenskyy’s visit, the Prime Minister made a brief statement without taking question before taking part in the question period.  

The Prime Minister reiterated that Speaker Anthony Rota, who has stepped down over the issue, was solely responsible for inviting and asking members of Parliament to recognize 98-year-old Ukrainian veteran Yaroslav Hunka, who hails from his riding.

Trudeau said it was a mistake that has “deeply embarrassed” Parliament and the entire country, and members of the House of Commons regret applauding Hunka.

Justin Trudeau also said the country is “deeply sorry” for the position it has placed Zelenskyy and the entire Ukrainian delegation in, saying it is troubling to see Russia use the incident to fuel its propaganda.

Trudeau’s apology came as he faced pressure to deliver one from the Opposition Conservatives and the federal NDP. — The Canadian Press

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