‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy is now safe in Poland after fleeing Ukraine
He kept his Instagram followers updated as he left Ukraine.
Chmerkovskiy was working in his native country on a series of dance competitions when the Russian invasion broke out last week.
He spoke on Instagram Live on Tuesday detailing what he witnessed as he left the war-torn country.
“He turned into, into a David and Goliath of massive proportions,” Chmerkovskiy said in the Instagram Live post. “It’s just reality. It’s David and Goliath in reality. I feel like I’m in high school again in Brooklyn, and I feel like I’m in a hallway and I have like watching a small child being beaten by a big child”
The Ukrainian-American dancer praised Poland and its people for accepting Ukrainian refugees into their country during this troubling time.
He shared a message on Tuesday morning showing he had arrived in Poland safely.
In a video he posted on Monday, Chmerkovskiy said he was arrested in Kyiv.
“At some point I was arrested,” he said. “But – again – everything is fine. I promise. But it was probably the least traumatic moment of this whole affair, as far as Ukraine is concerned, but for me it was just a confrontation with reality.”
He left Ukraine shortly after the arrest and documented his journey to the Polish border.
He was filming a project called “World of Dance UA” in Ukraine when the invasion started.
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