Senate marks Smolensk Disaster anniversary

The resolution was passed unanimously. Mateusz Marek/PAP

The Senate on Thursday adopted a resolution marking the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk Air Disaster, which killed Poland's president, first lady, and over 80 top state and military officials.

The resolution was passed unanimously.

On April 10, 2010 Poland's then president Lech Kaczyński, his wife, Poland's last exile President Ryszard Kaczorowski and dozens of senior government officials and military commanders were killed in an air disaster near Smolensk, western Russia. The delegation was on its way to nearby Katyn for the 70th anniversary of the 1940 Katyn Massacre in which close to 22,000 Polish POWs were mass-executed by the Soviets.

Poland has contested the findings of an international inquiry into the disaster, which put the main blame on the plane's Polish crew.

The crash continues to divide Poles. Jarosław Kaczyński, leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and twin brother of the late President Kaczyński, has long accused the then-incumbent PM Donald Tusk and his government of failure to investigate the disaster properly. According to opinion polls, most Poles believe the crash, which occurred during a heavy-fog landing attempt at a Smolensk military airport, was an accident, but some maintain it was a planned assassination.