10 kwi 2010

A national tragedy

Today at 9:00 Polish presidential plane Tupolev Tu-154 crashed in Smoleńsk (Смоленск) in Russia. The Polish state delegation was going to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre. The cause of this air crash is unknown yet, Polish and Russian governments have started investigations.

Likely all of the (approximately) 88 passengers on board were tragically killed - including Polish president Lech Kaczyński with his wife Maria Kaczyńska, Ryszard Kaczorowski - the last President of Poland in exile, many members of parliament, high rank army officers and representatives of different churches.

It unbelievable, we're all devastated.

According to The Constitution of the Republic of Poland now the head of the state is Marshal of the Sejm (Chairman of the Sejm) Bronisław Komorowski.

1 komentarz:

  1. This is a tragedy so deep, so painful, that it leaves me numb.
    I think that the reaction of people in Poland and in Russia has been great, so far. Conspiracy theorists have been on the sidelines, people are united in their grief, in their horror at what happened. It does look that this was an accident, rather than a deliberate act by some deranged conspirators. I hope, very deeply, that no conspiracy is discovered; that would leave an irreparable scar on Polish-Russian History. Perhaps something good can come of this. Polish and Russian people can begin to feel a kinship through shared grief for a tragedy that that has touched the Polish nation. For once.