Ukraine’s government has launched a murder probe into the 1952 killing of a Nazi collaborator by Jewish war hero Col. Boris Steckler, Pravda reported.
Colonel Steckler faces an indictment for the 1952 death of Neil Hasiewicz in a gun battle in Rivne Oblast, on Ukraine’s western border.
According to Pravda, the investigation into the killing began on April 18, and Col. Steckler does not deny his responsibility for Hasiewicz’s death. Hasiewicz served as a district judge during the German occupation of Ukraine in WW2.
The case reflects the deep enmity between the Russian government, siding with the Russian speaking eastern region of Ukraine (including the Russian annexed Crimea), and the nationalist government of western Ukraine.