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Commemoration of Smolensk catastrophe under a strict sanitary regime: official

The head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Michał Dworczyk, said on Tuesday that, according to his knowledge, the upcoming ceremonies commemorating the 11th anniversary of the Smolensk catastrophe will be held under a strict sanitary regime.

As part of the commemorating ceremonies in Warsaw, “a mass will be held in the morning, then flowers will be laid on the graves of people who died in the catastrophe,” Mr Dworczyk told TVP adding that “in the evening at the Old Town, as every month, there will be a mass in memory of the victims of this tragic catastrophe.”

Mr Dworczyk was also asked about the report of the weekly magazine “Sieci”, according to which the Italian Forensic Science Laboratories of the Carabinieri Force, to which the samples from the plane wreck were sent for testing, detected explosives.

“Experts from Rome were handed traces secured during the victims’ autopsy and from the aeroplane seats of the Polish Tupolev for analysis. After research in Rome, it is known that there are traces of TNT and RDX (hexogen) on them. This is confirmation of the British research conducted at the Forensic Explosives Laboratory (FEL) in Kent,” the weekly reported.

The head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister stated that he wished for clarification of all the circumstances of this tragedy.

“I do not want to refer to it, because I have too little knowledge. One thing is certain, we should make all efforts to ensure that all the circumstances related to the tragedy that took place in Smolensk are clarified,” the minister said.

On April 10, 2010, 96 people were killed in the crash of the Tu-154M plane carrying a Polish delegation to the ceremonies commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre in Russia. Among the victims of the plane crash were President Lech Kaczyński and the First Lady Maria Kaczyńska, the highest military commanders and the last President of the Republic of Poland in exile, Ryszard Kaczorowski.


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