Smolensk disaster is greatest tragedy in Poland's post-war history - PM
The 2010 fatal crash of the presidential plane in Smolensk, Russia is the greatest tragedy in Poland's history since WWII, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on social media on Friday, marking the disaster's 10th anniversary.
"An unimaginable tragedy, the news of the death of the Polish delegation near Smolensk on April 10, 2010, while on their way to Katyn, reached me in Świdnica (south-west Poland - PAP), as I was preparing for a conference, which was cancelled as information on the disaster appeared" Morawiecki wrote in an extensive Facebook post.
"The death of the President of the Republic of Poland Professor Lech Kaczyński, his wife Maria and the remaining 94 passengers of a government aircraft was a blow like a thunderbolt from the blue," he added.
According to him, in the post-war history of Poland there was no greater tragedy as the then President and his wife, the last president in exile, generals of the Polish Army, politicians of various parties and persons holding public functions all died.
"Remembering the victims of the Smolensk catastrophe, let us keep them in our memory," the prime minister wrote, listing all 96 victims.