‘Dancing With The Stars’ alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy shares update from Kyiv – NBC Los Angeles

Just hours after the explosions began in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, Maksim Chmerkovskiy shared a heartbreaking account of the crisis. “There is ALWAYS another way,” Chmerkovskiy captioned an Instagram video of himself on Feb. 24, in which he confirms he is near Kyiv. “WAR is NEVER an answer! I’ll never be the same again. It’s stressful and I’m rediscovering old feelings, like I have before.”

In 1994, the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ alum and his family, including his brother Val Chmerkovskiy, left the Eastern European country for the United States. More recently, he returned to his native country to judge the Ukrainian World of Dance series. “It sounds like what it was like when and why we left in the 90s,” he added. “Like my old PTSD, which I finally fixed, is coming back. I literally just forgot about those ‘always on edge’ feelings and started worrying about things like barbecues.” “I’m crying as I write this because every man deserves to worry about ‘barbecues,’ not the fucking war,” he continued. “Kiss your loved ones.

Chmerkovskiy’s update to fans comes just hours after Russia, under orders from President Vladimir Putin, launched attacks on Ukraine’s military infrastructure.

In another video shared on Instagram, Chmerkovskiy pointed out that the sirens heard in the background came from the military.

“Honestly, I get really emotional,” he said. “It’s kinda hard. You know me, you know me, I stay strong, and I don’t show it, but I want to go home… And what I realize is that my friends, whose kids are here and whose moms, dads are here – and the old people are here, and they can’t just escape.”

He added: “I’m not at this point someone who’s pleading, you know, for someone else’s safety from a distance, from a safe distance. I’m someone who’s about to… ‘go to an air-raid shelter because it’s going down.’

Amid the current crisis, Mark Ruffalo, Cher and Cardi B, among others, took to social media to share their reactions to the invasion. “Sending love and good prayers to all innocent people in Ukraine, Russia and Europe who are caught in this sad and corrosive moment of asymmetric violence and destruction,” wrote Ruffalo, “especially young people. You have done nothing to deserve this perverted and obscene spectacle.”

Ukrainian boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko added: “The world is watching how reckless and murderous imperialism is, not just for #Ukraine but for the whole world. Let history be a lesson not to be repeated.”

Meanwhile, “Real Housewives of New York” alum Bethenny Frankel shared that her disaster relief initiative, BSTRONG, will provide assistance. “Airways closed and 7 hours to get out of Kiev,” she said. tweeted. “We will be in Kyiv on Friday meeting with Ukrainian and Polish partners on Monday to set up base camps for refugee supplies. We are working with green berets and airlifting shipping boxes of goods today. This could be the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II.”

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