Olena Derevyanko took part in the round table “Peace in Ukraine is above All” under the auspices of the International Association for Human Values

The vice-president of the Ukrainian PR-League and the managing partner at PR-Service Agency Olena Derevyanko took part in the round table “Peace in Ukraine is above All” timed to the visit to Ukraine of the world-renowned activist Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. We would like to remind our readers that PR-Service Agency secured PR/GR support of the scheduled events within the framework of this visit.

The famous humanitarian leader, the founder of the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living International Organization visited Ukraine on March 9-10, 2017, on a peacekeeping mission. “Mahatma Gandhi’s Principle of Non-Violence” upheld and advocated by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar proved its effectiveness when settling military conflicts and civil wars in many hotspots of the planet. For example, due to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s mediation it was possible to put an end to a 52-year-long war in Columbia, to a confrontation of ethnic groups in Iraq, to reconcile the secessionists and the government in Sri Lanka.

Within his 2-day visit to Kyiv Sri Sri Ravi Shankar delivered a lecture to a large audience, held a number of meetings with leading politicians, and discussed ways of a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the East of this country during the round table “Peace in Ukraine is above All” with the political elite representatives under the dome of the Verkhovna Rrada of Ukraine.

“I have come to bring peace and happiness to the Ukrainians”, pointed out Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. He stressed that there are no victors and no defeated, no culprits and no saints in the war. Everyone, without exception, involved in the most deadly conflict is a victim. It is possible to break the vicious circle only by consciously refusing from violence. He also called upon for remembering that the principle of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” is inadmissible in the civilized world. “It only aggravates conflicts, increases the number of victims, leads to exacerbation of vengeance. Give up violence. Everything can be solved via dialogue… But peace does not come only through thoughts. Peace comes through actions”, he stressed.

On the whole, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar praised the results of his visit to Ukraine. He also commended the contribution of PR-Service Agency and of Olena Derevyanko personally to preparing and holding the scheduled events.

In her turn, Olena Derevyanko stressed that participating in the project is a practical expression of her own and the Agency’s clear-cut civil attitude. “We also think, like our distinguished guest, that establishing peace and social harmony is the priority. And the importance of popularizing the ideas of humanism that the International Association for Human Values dedicates all its activities to is obvious. In any conflict situation peace but not ambitions must be chosen. We, for our part, are trying to make this idea clear to the public with the help of all the professional means at our disposal. Supporting the visit of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a striking example of that”, she pointed out.