Maxim Chmerkovskiy says he is ‘safe’ and ‘not trying to leave Ukraine’… but warns of ‘difficult situation’ as he remains in Kiev after Russian invasion
- The 42-year-old Dancing with the Stars pro keeps his fans informed while he stays in Kiev.
- Ukrainian performer said he was ‘safe’ but warned of ‘difficult situation’
- On Thursday, Russian troops shelled a city of nearly 3 million people.
- Chmerkovsky added that “the whole country is being called to war.”
Ukrainian ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy continues to update fans on his safety as he remains in his country’s capital, Kiev, following the Russian invasion.
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.”
At the beginning of the first video, he began: “I’m here again, I’m safe. We weren’t told to move and I just follow the instructions. That’s all I can say.
Update: Maxim Chmerkovskiy says he is ‘safe’ in Ukraine but warns ‘the situation is pretty dire’ as he remains in Kiev after the Russian invasion
“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.”
“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,” he said at the beginning of the video.
The DWTS pro also warned that people in Ukraine are “very aggressive”.
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.”
Prayers Needed: Maxim Chmerkovsky’s wife Peta Murgatroyd asks for prayers as Ukrainian-born dancer stays in Kiev after Russia’s overnight invasion of the country; Peta and Maxim pictured on February 13th.
Speaking: “Please pray for my husband Max. I don’t usually ask this on my social media, however it’s really tough today and the next few days will be even tougher,” Murgatroyd, 35, wrote on Instagram on Thursday.
On Thursday, Kiev 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 Kiev after Russia’s overnight invasion of the country