Contents tagged with Smolensk air crash

  • Poland: President Kaczynski’s Tu-154 destroyed by explosion

    The commission of the Polish Ministry of Defense, in re-investigating the causes of the crash of the president’s Tu-154, recognized the conclusions of the technical report, which states that the plane was destroyed by an explosion. This conclusion was made at the plenary session of the commission on January 10.

    “The left wing of the Tu-154 was destroyed by an internal explosion,” the commission said. In addition, it was stated that on board there were “several sources of the explosion: in the …

  • Putin: if there was an explosion onboard Polish plane over Smolensk, explosives were placed in Poland

    Russian President Vladimir Putin described Poland’s statements as "nonsense," referring to the alleged Russian involvement in the crash of Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s plane near Smolensk in 2010. Putin said this at the annual press conference in Moscow.

    "Look, we are tired of this bluff. Just simply tired of it. It is nonsense. You are talking blatant nonsense. There were no explosions. Both Polish and Russian experts have examined this... We grieved [at this tragedy] together with you. …

  • Poland: Russia concealing key witnesses in Smolensk air disaster

    Russia is concealing key witnesses, and is not giving Poland the wreckage of the Polish government’s Tu-154M, thereby preventing progress in establishing the truth about the circumstances of the Smolensk aviation catastrophe, and causing Warsaw to wonder about Russia’s real intentions.

    A statement to this effect was made by Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Bartosz Cichocki when commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement that there was no explosion on board President Lech Kaczyń …

  • Polish Minister of Defense: Smolensk air disaster was not a coincidence

    Answering a question as to whether he believes that the April 10, 2010 crash of an aircraft near Smolensk (Russia) with Polish top government figures on board was a cold-blooded assassination, the Minister of National Defense of Poland, Antoni Macierewicz, said “the materials and investigation results bring us to a conclusion that this was not an accident,” and promised to release a final report in spring 2018.

    Macierewicz also said he expected a flood of disinformation and false data prior to …

  • Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Poland will not stop trying to reclaim the fragments of Lech Kaczynski’s plane

    After Poland becomes a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, the return of Tu-154M wreckage will be brought to a higher diplomatic level, said Polish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Dziedziczak, Radio Poland reports.

    According to him, the ministry does not intend to stop trying to get back the wreckage of the Polish Tu-154M Presidential Plane that crashed near Smolensk in 2010. He stressed that this issue was raised more than a dozen times during the talks at the ministerial …

  • Media: Russia requested to remove important data from the report on the Kaczynski’s plane crash

    Data regarding a sharp heat increase on board Lech Kaczynski’s plane was withdrawn from the Polish commission report at the request of the Russian Federation, as reported by Gazeta Polska.

    According to Gazeta Polska, this record may indicate an explosion on board the government TU-154 before the plane hit the ground.

    "A sudden jump in temperature is difficult to explain rationally by any other reason than an explosion, especially when it started a series of breakdowns recorded on the on-board …

  • Poland says it has discovered a recording of an explosion aboard crashed Kaczynski’s plane

    On Saturday, during a meeting with the representatives of Polish media, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said that the commission to investigate the Tu-154 crash that killed the country's President, Lech Kaczynski, found a recording of the explosion on one of the recorders.

    During the meeting, the Defense Minister was asked about the progress of the investigation of the plane crash near Smolensk on April 10, 2010.

    "We’ve identified the moment of explosion in a flight recording. It …

  • Poland finds new evidence of Polish officials' guilt in crash of Kaczynski's Tu-154

    In recent weeks, new evidence has been revealed regarding omissions by Polish officials during preparations for President Lech Kaczynski's Smolensk visit. The evidence has been added to the investigation of what is being called ‘diplomatic treason’ that occurred during the preparation for the visit.

    The head of the Polish National Prosecutor’s Office, Polish Deputy Attorney General National Prosecutor of Bogdan Święczkowski, stated this, reports Ukrinform.

    "The last weeks and months have …

  • Poland demands access to site of Smolensk air crash from Russia

    Polish Undersecretary of State Bartosz Cichocki handed a note of protest to the Russian Ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreev, over impediments to accessing to the site of the Smolensk air crash, as outlined in a statement of the Polish Foreign Ministry.

    "During today's meeting, MFA Undersecretary of State Bartosz Cichocki handed a diplomatic note to the Russian Federation's Ambassador, Sergey Andreev, and expressed Poland’s serious concern regarding impediments to accessing the site where the …

  • Russia denies explosion mark findings on President Kaczynski's plane

    The Polish state sub-commission conducting investigation into  the crash of President Lech Kaczyński’s Tu-154M plane said that the wing wreckage shows signs of an explosion which are not related to the collision with the birch, but the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR) dismissed this claim as “baseless”, Interfax reports.

    “It is absolutely incomprehensible what these subsequent findings of the Polish experts are based on. When ballistic and explosive experts’ examinations were done …