British citizen Mychajlo Ostapenko, 88, was allegedly a rifleman in Ukraine’s 31st Punitive Brigade, which took part in crushing the Warsaw uprising

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A British historian claims to have discovered a former member of a Nazi battalion that was involved in numerous World War II atrocities, living out his days in Lancashire, England

“These people ought to be held accountable for what they have done, even if it happened many years ago,” Dr. Stephen Ankier told the Daily Mail.

Ankier said he had found military rosters, payroll lists and other documents from Poland and Germany that prove 88-year-old British citizen Mychajlo Ostapenko was a rifleman in Ukraine’s 31st Punitive Battalion, a unit of volunteers led by SS officers, and was held captive in a POW camp in Rimini, Italy, after being captured by British forces.

Ostapenko, who came to Britain in 1947 and was granted citizenship in 1956, denied the allegations, saying he was in Poland during the war.

“I don’t know nothing about what was going on,” he told the Daily Mail. “I was in hospital in Poland for about nine months with appendicitis. Then I was at home. I was in an army but I never fought anyone. I haven’t done anything wrong. I haven’t killed anybody. I was in the Rimini camp. The British looked after us well. I can’t remember anything else. I’m sorry.”

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