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Ninth anniversary of the Smolensk plane crash


Minister Jacek Czaputowicz took part in ceremonies marking ‎the ninth anniversary of the crash of special plane TU-154M.

Ninth anniversary of the Smolensk plane crash

The chief o‎f Polish diplomacy attended a Mass for the intentions of the victims of the plane crash and the Memory Appeal, and then laid a wreath at President Lech Kaczyński Monument and at the Memorial to the Victims of the Smolensk Tragedy in the Jozef Piłsudski Square. In the Smolensk Quarter of the Powązki Military Cemetery, Minister Czaputowicz laid a wreath at the Memorial to the Victims of the Crash. 

On 10 April 2010, 96 people died in a crash of special plane Tu-154M near Smolensk. ‎Among them was Polish President Lech Kaczyński and First Lady Maria Kaczyńska, as well as members of supreme state authorities, military commanders and the plane’s crew.

On board of the TU-154M plane were also former and active members of the ‎foreign service: Andrzej Kremer, Deputy Foreign Minister charged with legal, treaty and consular affairs, Mariusz Handzlik, Undersecretary of State at the President's Chancellery, who worked for the MFA in 1994-2005 as Deputy Director of the Security Policy Department among other posts, Stanisław Jerzy Komorowski, Deputy Minister of National Defence, who was Deputy Foreign Minister in the years 2005-2006, and Mariusz Kazana, Director of the Diplomatic Protocol.

Yesterday, the Director of the Diplomatic Protocol laid a wreath at the grave of Mariusz Kazana, whereas the Deputy Director of the Consular Department laid a wreath at Andrzej Kremer’s grave in Krakow. 


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Photo Tymon Markowski / MFA