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The Latest: Son denies Minnesota man's Nazi past

The Latest on Poland's announcement that it will seek extradition of a Minnesota man accused of being a Nazi unit commander (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

The son of a Minnesota man accused of being a Nazi unit commander says stories about his father are "misinformation or disinformation" launched by Vladimir Putin's government.

Andriy Karkoc (KAHR'-kahts) says he can't comment on a Polish prosecutor's announcement Monday that evidence shows his father, Michael Karkoc, was a Nazi unit commander suspected of contributing to the death of 44 Poles.

But the younger Karkoc says his father wasn't in Poland and wasn't responsible for any war crimes. He accuses The Associated Press, which first reported on Michael Karkoc's past in 2013, of "scandalous and baseless slanders." And he says AP is "letting itself be used as a tool for Putin's fake news."

Andriy Karkoc says his father is 98 years old and unable to defend himself.

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2:50 p.m.

A prosecutor in Poland says evidence shows without doubt that a Minnesota man was a Nazi unit commander suspected of contributing to the death of 44 Poles.

Robert Janicki said various evidence gathered in years of investigation into U.S. citizen Michael K. confirmed "100 percent" that he was a World War II commander of a unit in the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion, which is accused of burning villages and killing civilians in Poland.

The Associated Press has identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc.

Karkoc's family denies he was involved in any war crimes.

Prosecutors of the state National Remembrance Institute have asked a local court in Poland to issue an arrest warrant for Karkoc. Janicki says if the request is granted, Poland would seek his extradition.