At their Wednesday summit in Brussels, EU leaders observed a minute's silence to commemorate the victims of the 2010 Polish presidential plane crash near Smolensk in western Russia that took the lives of the presidential couple and a range of top officials.
On April 10th 2010, 96 people including the then president of Poland Lech Kaczyński and his wife were killed when the plane they were flying in crashed over Smolensk. The passengers were on their way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyń massacre. Included in the horrific death toll were government dignitaries, leading politicians, military personnel and their families, as well as members of the clergy, families of those killed in Katyń and government protection officers.
State ceremonies marking the anniversary, in Warsaw, included, among other observances, a Holy Mass, a reading of the names of the 96 victims in front of the Presidential Palace, and the laying of flowers at the monuments of President Lech Kaczyński and the Victims of the Smolensk 2010 Catastrophe.
Former Polish Prime Minister Jan Olszewski, who died on February 7, was laid to rest on Saturday at Warsaw's Powązki Military Cemetery among other eminent Poles.
Jan Olszewski, who served as Poland's prime minister in 1991-1992, has died, ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) senior member Antoni Macierewicz told PAP on Friday.
On the anniversary of the historic Round Table talks, TFN’s Stuart Dowell talks to the man who captured ‘the beginning of the end’ of communism, photographer Jarosław Maciej Goliszewski.
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg adopted a resolution on Friday urging Russia to return to Poland the wreckage of the presidential plane which crashed in Smolensk, western Russia, on April 10, 2010.
The late president Lech Kaczyński was a man of Solidarity even before it was established, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in Szczecin, northwestern Poland, in front of the seat of the Solidarity (anti-communist, 1980s - PAP) movement
We owe the Mazeikiai oil refinery investment, a key energy security element for Poland, to the vision and determination of President Lech Kaczyński, PM Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday in the town of Mazeikiai, northern Lithuania.
I was not politically responsible for President Lech Kaczynski's April 10, 2010, trip to Katyn, European Council head and former Polish PM Donald Tusk said on Monday in Warsaw testifying as a witness at the trial of his former office head, Tomasz Arabski.