Global shock due to the death of the President of Poland
Bronislaw Komorowski, Poland’s current president, who recently announced a week of national mourning declared that “Now we must all stand together, no political parties, all people feel the death of the passengers of the presidential plane.”
Lech Kaczynski, Polish President, who was traveling with most of his Cabinet and key leaders of the country’s army died in the plane crash while trying to land at the airport in Smolensk in western Russia.
Latest reports said that 96 people died, including Kaczynski’s wife and the governor of Central Bank of Poland, Slawomir Skrzypek, after a missed approach maneuver to that military airport.
Among the people who died was the last president of Poland before the Second World War, the historic Ryszard Kaczorowski.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will have in a few hours a meeting at the scene with the president’s twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
The Russian president announced on 12 April a day of national mourning in the country while he sympathized with the Polish people. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that “the bodies will be identified in Moscow.”
Poland’s flag flies at half mast. The people of Warsaw is being gathered outside the presidential palace, one of those presents said “This is the feeling of the heart of the nation.”
In front of Lech Kaczynski’s house in Sopot, northern Poland, began to appear dozens of people to leave flowers and show their signs of pain.
The U.S. government gave his condolences to what they described as a horrible tragedy.
The European Union expressed their solidarity with Poland, a member of the bloc, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “deeply pained.”
The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, expressed his regret and described Kaczynski as “one of the key players in the modern political history of Poland.”
Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general, said he was shocked by the news and sent his condolences to the Polish people.