On Saturday morning, a Polish plane with almost a hundred people on-board crashed in Smoleńsk, west Russia. There were no survivors.
The crash killed off a wide cross-section of Poland’s most important political, military and financial figures. The dead include the Polish President, Lech Kaczyński, his wife, top politicians, members of Parliament, the chief of staff of the army, the heads of air and land forces, the head of Poland’s intelligence service, and many widely known public persons.
It is difficult to express our sadness — the accident is still a shock. The tragedy happened in exactly the same place where 22,000 Polish citizens were murdered and buried in forests of Katyń in March 1940. 70 years later, the history repeats, and once again our country loses its top political elite.
It is a great loss, and a very sad moment in our history.