Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of the Polish airplane disaster in which 96 people died, including Poland’s late President Lech Kaczyński and his wife Maria. The delegation was flying to Smolensk to commemorate the Katyn massacre of Polish officers during the Second World War. However, at 8.41 that morning, we received the tragic news that the plane had crashed. Yesterday, throughout the entire day in Warsaw, Krakow and at the crash site, ceremonies are being held to commemorate the victims.
The truth about the Smolensk tragedy continues to be hidden. Russian propaganda has portrayed President Lech Kaczyński as a despot who irrationally forced the pilots to land despite terrible conditions. People who have tried to disclose certain truths have been ridiculed, harassed, and labelled conspiracy theorists.
The forces of the Russian army are withdrawing from northern Ukraine and moving towards the Donbas, carrying out further destruction and attacks on local civilians. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced that due to the increasing activity of Russian troops, the North Atlantic Alliance is preparing plans to deploy its armed forces to its eastern borders on a full scale.