Polish Parliamentary Committee for the Investigation of the Smolensk Crash Hearing dated August 8, 2014
From: Ewa Błasik
Widow of General Andrzej Błasik
Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Air Force
To: Families of the Victims
Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
Ladies and Gentlemen,
First, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the families whose loved ones died in the downing of the Malaysian Boeing MH17.
When on April 2010, the [Polish] governmental airplane TU-154M crashed [in Smolensk, Russia], no one could comprehend that the plane carrying the most important people in the Polish State would simply crash. To our dismay, all subsequent waves of propaganda campaigns served to us by the Russians and subservient Poles [representing official Polish governmental bodies] exceeded our wildest fears.
My late defenseless husband and I personally were falsely attacked and cornered from all sides. The Russians unscrupulously tried to convince the public that it was the Polish side that was responsible for this disaster.
In order to hide the real cause of this tragedy, the Russian MAK falsely accused my husband - General of the Polish Army, Commander of the Polish Air Force, a model NATO officer – that while under the influence of alcohol he exerted undue pressure on the pilots to land. After several months of thorough investigation, all these deceitful claims were proven to be nothing more than a cruel Russian propaganda hoax.
These days we hear the same disinformation in relation to the tragedy of the Malaysian passenger Boeing airplane, in which nearly 300 innocent people had died. The administration of President Vladimir Putin tries to convince the world that it is Ukraine that stands behind this tragedy.
You, ladies and gentlemen, are in a much better position today than we were four years ago. You have the support of not only your own government[s], but also other Western countries. In order to expose the Smolensk Lie, we, the widows, mothers, daughters, sons, husbands, and brothers [of the victims of the April 10, 2010 tragedy] could rely only on ourselves, the support of the Parliamentary Committee and independent media. We never accepted Russia’s false and biased obfuscations. Immediately after the death of our loved ones, we embarked on this ill-matched battle for the truth. We shall remain on this road and follow it, wherever it leads and however long it takes, until the world knows the full truth about the tragedy of April 10, 2010.
The downing of the Malaysian Boeing [MH17] and the crash of Tu-154M bare uncanny similarities, aptly visible in the Russian behavior and in the resulting social ramifications [of both tragedies]. For this reason, we pledge our full commitment and readiness to cooperate with you, in explaining the causes of both disasters.
We are confident that our joint efforts can bring to justice the guilty of these crimes and that in the end the truth about the death of our loved ones will be known throughout the world.
- Ewa Błasik
Widow of Gen. Andrzej Błasik
Polish Air Force