Polish panel: Russia behind Polish leader’s plane crash

A special Polish government commission has bolstered its previous claims that the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in Russia was the result of Moscow’s assassination plan.

The latest of the commission’s reports, released on Monday, alleges that an intentional detonation of planted explosives caused the April 10, 2010 crash of a Soviet-made Tu-154M plane that killed Kaczynski, the first lady and 94 others. government and military figures. so many eminent Poles.

Their deaths were the result of an “act of unlawful interference by Russia”, the head of the commission, Antoni Macierewicz, told a press conference.

“The main and indisputable proof of the interference was an explosion in the left wing … followed by an explosion in the center of the plane,” said Macierewicz, who served as defense minister in Poland’s right-wing government. from 2015 to 2018.

He denied that any mistakes were made by the Polish pilots or crew, despite the bad weather at the time of the accident.

It comes at a time when Russia has unleashed a war on Poland’s neighboring Ukraine, and amid ongoing strained relations between Warsaw and Moscow. Poland supports Ukraine in its fight against Russia and calls for very severe sanctions against Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

The latest report is once again stoking hostility towards Russia among some Poles, mostly supporters of the Nationalist government, in what appears to be an effort to shore up the electoral base of the Law and Justice party, founded by the Kaczynski twins in 2001.

Suspicions are further fueled by Russia’s refusal to return the wreckage, which has complicated Poland’s investigation.

Earlier, two separate reports by Polish and Russian aviation incident experts said the crash on approach in heavy fog to Smolensk airport, which lacked sophisticated aviation equipment, was the result human errors committed in adverse weather conditions.

They found no evidence of foul play.