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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster

  |   President laid flowers at the tomb of Poland's late President Lech Kaczyński and his wife President laid flowers at the tomb of Poland's late President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Andrzej Duda stressed that the disaster victims perished while serving their country Andrzej Duda stressed that the disaster victims perished while serving their country The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster The 9th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster

President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday laid flowers at the tomb of Poland's late President Lech Kaczyński and his wife in Kraków's historical Wawel Castle. The Presidential Couple died in the 2010 Smoleńsk air disaster whose 9th anniversary falls on Wednesday.

 

In his address during the ceremony, Andrzej Duda stressed that the disaster victims perished while serving their country and voiced regret that they were no longer part of Poland's political scene.

 

"I am thankful that we emphasise this, that it is so important to us, this memory of the people who died while serving their country, in the course of fulfilling their duties towards the Polish state. It's a pity they are not with us any more. Perhaps many matters in Poland would have taken a different, better course if these people (...) were here," President Duda said.

 

See also: President says April 10 is day of pain for Poland President Andrzej Duda lit candles at monuments to the Smolensk air disaster victims, as well as at a memorial to the late President Lech Kaczyński, who was killed in the crash. The monuments are situated on Józefa Piłsudskiego Square in central Warsaw.

 

The main observations of the 9th anniversary of the Smoleńsk disaster took place in Warsaw. Commemorations were also held at the site of the disaster, near Smoleńsk, western Russia.

 

On April 10, 2010, President Lech Kaczyński, his wife, the last President of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and dozens of senior government officials and military commanders were killed in the air disaster near Smoleńsk, western Russia. The delegation was on its way to Katyń to attend events marking the 70th anniversary of the 1940 Katyń Massacre, during which around 22,000 Polish POWs were murdered at the hands of the Soviets. (PAP)

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