Macierewicz stated that this action was intended to deprive Poland of people who – according to him – led the country to independence.
He mentioned the plane crash in the same row with the actions, attributed by many observers to Russia – for example, the worsening situation in the South-East of Ukraine – but not directly stated that for the plane crash responsible.
Commission of inquiry on the Smolensk crash stated that the cause was pilot error, however, the new right-wing government of Poland to reopen this case. Many supporters of the new authorities believe that Russia could be involved in a crash.
On Board the presidential Tu-154, along with Lech Kaczynski and his wife were members of the Polish leadership and public figures on their way to commemorative events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Katyn tragedy. All 96 people aboard were killed.
Macierewicz since 2010 has headed the parliamentary Commission on investigation of causes of the Smolensk tragedy and has made many strong statements about the responsibility of the Russian side for the plane crash.