Hayden Panettiere, 32, has confirmed that the daughter she shares with Ukrainian Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko, 45, is “safe” during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Nashville-based actress posted a passionate post on social media in support of the Ukrainian people who are defending their country against Vladimir Putin’s army, which has attacked several cities this week.
In a comment to a concerned fan, Hayden revealed that seven-year-old Kaia is not in the country with her father. However, Klitschko is still in Kyiv, where his 50-year-old brother Vitaliy is mayor.
Safe: Hayden Panettiere, 32, has confirmed that the daughter she shares with Ukrainian Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko, 45, is “safe” during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“I personally witnessed the strength of the Ukrainian people who fought so hard for their independence and continued to passionately defend their country over the years,” wrote Hayden.
“What Putin is doing is an absolute disgrace! This terrible moment in history sends a terrifying signal: the signal that in this day and age of 2022, it is okay to violate the rights of free people and let autocrats like Putin take whatever they want.”
“I pray for my family and friends out there and for everyone who is fighting. I wish you had more support and I wish I could fight you! In the meantime, I ask those of us who cannot be there to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and show our support for #democracy,” she concluded.
When one commenter asked about the safety of her daughter, who was shared with her former Ukrainian, Hayden replied that she was “safe and not in Ukraine.”
She supports Ukraine: The Nashville-based actress posted a passionate post on social media in support of the Ukrainian people who are defending their country against Vladimir Putin’s army attacking several cities this week (Vladimir and Hayden in 2013).
Safe: In a comment to a worried fan, Hayden revealed that seven-year-old Kaia is not in the country with her father.
Her ex-fiance Volodymyr remains in Kyiv with his brother, who has been mayor since 2014. The couple vowed to fight in the army against Russian forces.
During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, the mayor said; “This is already a bloody war,” adding, “I have no other choice. I have to do it. I would fight.”
Volodymyr, who enlisted in the Ukrainian army earlier this month, has been writing passionately on social media calling for unity and democracy.
“This is not a ‘war of Ukraine’, this is Putin’s war. Behind the fog of recent weeks, there were elaborate preparations to put into action a plan that had been in the making for months,” he wrote.
Addendum: “Destruction and death come upon us. Everything, blood will mix with tears.
“This is not a ‘war of Ukraine’, this is Putin’s war. Behind the fog of recent weeks, there was a thorough preparation to put into action a plan that had been drawn up for months, ”Vladimir wrote in a post on the social network.
“We must face the truth and have the courage to draw conclusions for our future and the future of our children. This is a gross violation of international law. And if you listen carefully, this war is also about Europe,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Ukraine-born Dancing with the Stars Maxim Chmerkovskiy said the whole of Ukraine was being “called for war.”
The 42-year-old professional dancer posted two videos on Friday informing fans he was “safe” but warned of an increasingly “aggressive” and “terrible” situation in the country.
In the second video, he also clarified that he is “not currently trying to leave” Ukraine, explaining: “I am not moving towards the border… it is not safe from what I hear.”
His comments came after it was reported on Friday that men of “combat age” had been ordered to stay in the country as Russian rockets fired at Kyiv, Reuters reported.
Fighting: Wladimir Klitschko, who joined the Ukrainian military this month, is still in Kyiv, where his 50-year-old brother Vitaliy serves as mayor; the couple vowed to take up arms to defend their nation
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Ukrainians, mostly women and children, are reported to have fled to Poland, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia.
Chmerkovskiy began his video by saying: “I am here again, I am safe. We weren’t told to move and I just follow the instructions. That’s all I can say.
“But the reality is that I also talk to my friends who are here with the Ukrainians and the situation is pretty terrible.”
Chmerkovsky added that people in the country are being “mobilized”, saying: “The whole country is being called to go to war. Men, women, boys… go ahead, take up arms and go to defend the country.”
The update comes after a senior U.S. Department of Defense official said on Friday that Russia has “about a third of its combat power” in Ukraine, adding: “That doesn’t mean they won’t invest more.”
The DWTS pro also warned that people in Ukraine are “very aggressive”.
Update: Maxim Chmerkovskiy says he is ‘safe’ in Ukraine but warns ‘the situation is pretty dire’ as he remains in Kyiv after the Russian invasion
He said: “If this is not resolved peacefully in some form or form within the next day or two, I think it will lead to very, very more aggressive action and many more casualties.”
Speaking of the horrors of the situation, he added: “There are kids who are sick, people are hiding and people who can’t just get up and run, that’s right: little kids, old people.”
“It’s like in every conflict, I just pay attention to the fact that this is what is happening.”
On Thursday, Kyiv ordered civilians to bomb shelters and declared a curfew amid fears that Russia would strike the city after Ukrainian troops lost control of a key airfield about 15 miles away.
In a video posted yesterday, Maxim also directly attacked Russian President Vladimir Putin: “I think that in 2022 [in a] civilized world, we don’t do that.”
“It’s all one man’s ambition,” he continued.
“As much as it sounds, as convenient as it sounds in Moscow, as comfortable as you are where you are in Russia, I just don’t think it’s the right thing to do, these are the right steps and these are the right actions.”
The star vowed to try to keep his followers updated on the situation unfolding overseas and asked people to respect his wife’s privacy during this time.
“There is ALWAYS another way! WAR is NEVER the answer! #standwithukraine,” he wrote in the video caption.
‘Shit Goes Down’: Dancing with the Stars Ukrainian native Maxim Chmerkovskiy fears for his life and the lives of his friends in Kyiv after Russia’s overnight invasion of the country