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Poland is commemorating today the fifth anniversary of its worst national tragedy since World War II

Poland is commemorating today the fifth anniversary of its worst national tragedy since World War II

Poland is commemorating today the fifth anniversary of its worst national tragedy since World War II – the plane crash in Russia that killed the president Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 other passengers including the central-bank governor, top army commanders and other high-ranking officials.

Poland’s leaders had been on their way to commemorate victims of the World War II massacre in Katyn where 22,000 Poles were killed by members of the Soviet secret police, NKVD in 1940. ( read article about Katyn here: https://www.communications-unlimited.nl/commemoration-ceremony-of-the-75th-anniversary-of-the-katyn-massacre/)

Moscow and Warsaw are still investigating what caused the plane to crash in thick fog when it was preparing to land near Smolensk, some 360 kilometers (224 miles) west of Moscow.

At a ceremony at the Powazki military ceremony in Warsaw there have been today prayers and a minute’s silence for the victims. At a separate ceremony at the presidential palace, the former leader Lech Kaczynski and his wife were also remembered.

 

Sources and photo : EPA.eu and CNN

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