Tribute to victims of Katyn massacre

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The representatives of state authorities commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the mass execution of Polish officers by the NKVD in Katyn.

- I am glad that representatives of the families of Katyn massacre victims are with us here today, because each time I come here I feel closer to them and their mission of remembrance of the Katyn massacre 73 years ago, said Jacek Cichocki.

The ceremony was attended also by relatives of the victims of the Katyn massacre. The representatives of state authorities included the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Jacek Cichocki, the Minister of National Defense Tomasz Siemoniak, Deputy Marshal of the Sejm Cezary Grabarczyk, head of General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces General Mieczysław Cieniuch, Deputy Minister of Interior Stanisław Rakoczy, representative of the Ministry of Culture – secretary of the Council for the Protection of Memory of Combat and Martyrdom Andrzej Krzysztof Kunert and ambassador of Poland to Russia Wojciech Zajączkowski.

The delegation visited the Polish War Cemetery and took part in i.a. ecumenical prayer.

The Polish cemetery in Katyn, where the remnants of approximately 4400 officers executed by the NKVD in 1940 are buried, was opened on 28 July 2000 during the ceremony attended by the Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek and the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Viktor Khristenko. On 4 June 1995, the foundation stone of the Polish War Cemetery in Katyn was laid during the ceremony with the participation of President Lech Wałęsa.

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