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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Discusses War and Peace in Ukraine – How can we offer support?

The Yale School of Management hosted a conversation with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He gave a live, virtual address on October 28, at an event that brought together Yale faculty, U.S. senators, and national media outlets. Yale President Peter Salovey; Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History; and CNBC Senior White House Correspondent Kayla Tausche joined Senior Associate Dean Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management in Zhang Auditorium; U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Lindsey Graham joined the discussion virtually. CNBC provided live coverage of the event.

President Zelenskyy reaffirmed that more U.S. military and economic assistance is needed. After a question posed to him by, Tanja – a Ukranian student at Yale’s SOM from the president’s native region – about his vision of Ukraine after the war, President Zelenskyy painted a vibrant picture of an inclusive, accessible, democratic, innovative, and robust society. During the conversation Senator Graham said that Russia is being designated as a State of Terrorism. In addition, Senator Graham confirmed that he is working with the International Criminal Court to prosecute Putin’s inner circle for crimes against humanity. In his closing remarks Timothy Snyder pointed to the concept of Freedom as a concept to have rights as active participants in society, but, moreover, also to Freedom as a concept to be free from fear: “Ultimately, Freedom is about the future. Had Ukraine not fought, we would have been in a much darker world today.”

Peter Salovey, President of Yale, said “I would like to reaffirm Yale’s steadfast support for members of our Ukrainian community and those Yale students and scholars from elsewhere in the region. […] We are compelled by our common sense of humanity to reject Putin’s violence in the strongest terms. We stand for peace. We grieve for the lives lost, and we will continue to support individual students in any capacity we can as our scholars also help policymakers chart a path toward peace.”

Yale International Alliance has partnered with PERLab, Croce Rossa di Firenze, and Galleria Pananti to raise funds for a Mobile Emotional Clinic which is going to operate in Ukraine. If you want to learn more about this enterprise, please visit out Education in Action impact group.

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