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Canadian soldiers shouldn’t be props in controversial commemoration

By Scott Taylor      

The Aug. 21 dedication of a Ukrainian monument shouldn’t be given the appearance of official sanction by having Canadian soldiers commemorate those who collaborated with Hitler’s Nazis.

Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk and at least three uniformed Canadian military personnel took part in the formal ceremony dedicating a new monument in honour of 17 members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) who were allegedly executed by the German Gestapo in 1944 on Aug. 21. Photograph courtesy of Roman Waschuk’s Twitter

OTTAWA—There was a bizarre little story last week out of Ukraine, which was picked up by Radio-Canada International. It centred on Canada’s official participation in the dedication of a monument at a Jewish cemetery in the town of Sambir.

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