Inviting a man who served in the Waffen SS Galicia Division to attend Pres. Zelensky’s visit to the Canadian House of Commons has caused a scandal of global proportions, forcing the Speaker to resign. The fear of “Ukrainian Nazis” infiltrating Canada is not something new – but is there more to the story?
After the end of the Second World War concerns were raised about how “thousands of Ukrainian Nazis” somehow escaped justice and emigrated to Europe and North America. In the lead-up to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Putin asserted that “defeating Naziism” in Ukraine left him no other choice but to attack.
Did you know that both cases have their origins in a Soviet-era campaign intended to provoke social discord and conflict throughout the West? Lubomyr Luciuk, Professor of Political Geography at the Royal Military College of Canada, sheds light on how “Operation Payback” unfolded.