Published on 21.05.2018
On May 18, 2018, Pokrovsk of Donetsk region was visited by the commander of the training regiment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Lithuania, Colonel Aleksejus Gajevskis, and the Attache Deputy for the defense of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine Mindaugas Babonas. The guests who arrived in the city in the framework of the common initiative of the Ministry of Information Policy and the public organization “Zhyzn Na Nule” were congratulated by the employees of Lauffer Group, who handed over the traditional Loaf of Peace to the representatives of the friendly country.
“Euro-Atlantic integration and the positive global experience guarantee the sustainable development of Ukraine, says Vitalii Balykhin, the chief executive of Lauffer Group. – We have learned to defend our country. And if in the long term we join the common defense initiative, which unites the most developed countries of the world, any military aggression against us will become impossible. Therefore, we decided to connect to the initiative the Loaf of Peace the representatives of the Lithuanian Republic, NATO partner, as well.”
The initiative of the founder of Lauffer Group Alexander Leschinskiy the Loaf of Peace was first launched at Maslenitsa festival 2017 in Pokrovsk, Donetsk oblast. Seven bread-baking plants of the Group in Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts baked seven Loaves of Peace and handed them over to orphans, displaced persons from the combat zone, ATO soldiers.
Several thousands of employees of the company decided to continue baking them until peace comes to Ukrainian land.
The initiative was supported by the employees of Saltovskii Bread-Baking Plant (Lauffer Group), who created the record-setting Loaf of Peace weighing 614 kilograms. The Loaf from Kharkov was decorated with the map of Ukraine, the national flag and a smaller coat of arms, as well as the symbols of 11 cities of Lauffer Group’s bread-baking plants operation. On August 21, the representatives of the National Register of Records registered the achievement of Kharkov bakers in the nomination “the Heaviest Loaf”, and on August 22 it was presented at the opening of the annual Sorochynsky Fair.
A week later, Alexander Leschinskiy’s initiative went beyond Ukraine and gained the international status: on August 29, during the days of Ukrainian diaspora in Lviv, the representatives of Lauffer Group presented the Loaf of Peace to Yevgen Cholii, the President of the Ukrainian World Congress uniting 20 million of our fellow nationals throughout the world.
On September 2, in Odessa, at the celebration of the City Day, another record Loaf of Peace was presented, not the most massive, but the most decorated. In all, the bakery product weighing almost 300 kilograms held more than 2,000 decorative elements of dough, and some of them were made by the inhabitants of Odessa, children and representatives of the mass media, who in the truest sense of the word held their hands to the national record. Traditionally, the loaf was handed over to the needy: orphans and families of internally displaced persons.
On September 9 and 10, respectively, Druzhkovka and Mariupol bread-baking plants presented their Loaves of Peace.
On September 13, the officials with the Loaf of Peace welcomed in Odessa the first batch of coal from the United States, which was intended to reduce Ukraine’s dependence on the Russian Federation’s energy resources and ensure the energy security of the country.
On September 29, the Loaf of Peace was used to welcome Steve Wozniak in Ukraine, and on October 5 – the famous Sting, the Nobel laureate Rajendra Kumar Pachauri and the Ambassador of Morocco to Ukraine Mina Tunci. Further, on November 10, the representatives of the cult rock band Scorpions received the Loaf of Peace.