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Celebrities of Ukrainian and Russian descent speak out about the Russia-Ukraine crisis amid signs the Ukrainian capital was under increasing threat on Friday morning.
Russia pushed its invasion of Ukraine to the outskirts of the capital on Friday after unleashing airstrikes on towns and military bases and sending in troops and tanks from three sides in an attack that could rewrite the order of post-Cold War global security.
Ukrainian-born star Maks Chmerkovskya choreographer known for showcasing his talents on “Dancing with the stars“, revealed Thursday that he is currently in his native country and expressed his fear as he planned to go to an air raid shelter.
Chmerkovskiy shared a glimpse of the scene unfolding in the heart of Kiev, where parents could be seen walking with their children with bags and suitcases, desperate to get out. The “Dancing with the Stars” pro wrote in his caption that he “will never be the same again.” He said it brings back “old feelings” from the 1990s when his family left the country.
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“It feels like how it was when and why we left in the 90s. Like my old PTSD that I finally fixed is coming back. I literally just forgot about those ‘always on edge’ feelings and I started worrying about things like barbecues.I’m crying writing this because every man deserves to worry about “barbecue grills” not the fucking war.
“Conjuring” actress Vera Farmiga, who has Ukrainian roots, posted the country’s flag on Instagram along with some lyrics from her national anthem. She used the hashtag #IStandWithUkraiine.
Regina Spektor, a Grammy-nominated singer, compared Putin’s actions to the Nazis during World War II in an Instagram post.
“Today my heart aches because no matter how many great works of art and music (Guernica….Masters Of War…Most Okudzhava and Vysotsky…Vonnegut…Note…all those movies in all these languages…) depict the horrors of war, new Masters of war seem to reappear in all nations…Sending new children to kill each other,” wrote Spektor, 42, who was born in Moscow before her death. family left the former Soviet Union for New York in 1989.
“There were, and still are, real Nazis in the world. But in Ukraine, it’s just millions of civilians drawn into a war, and in Russia, children are sent to fight and die for no other reason that horror and horror. filled with ‘more more more more more more more’ politicians and corporations. And it’s terrifying.”
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Katheryn Winnick of ‘Vikings’ wrote on Instagram that she is a ‘proud Ukrainian’.
“We are a peaceful country. We don’t deserve this war,” she wrote in an article on Thursday. She added that she woke up on Thursday to text messages from friends and family saying “it started”. “Some flee. Some take refuge underground and others stay to fight.”
Ukrainian model Alexandra Kutas has called on others to oppose Russia’s invasion. She also called on Germany, Italy, Hungary and Cyprus to “support Russia’s separation from SWIFT. From now on governments have signaled to oppose this idea”.
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She also posted a photo of a destroyed building in flames. “My beloved Kiyv. My homeland. I am numb. Whenever you are outside Ukraine, come out today. Go protest. We must impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine !!!!NOW!!! This will save innocent lives!!!!”
“90 Day Fiance” star Yara Zaya, 27, who was born and raised in Ukraine, described her heartbreak in an interview with Fox News Digital on Thursday.
“Honestly, it’s very difficult for me because, yes, I live in the United States now, but Ukraine is my home,” Zaya said in an interview with Fox News Digital on Thursday. “I love my country, and it’s so hard for me to think that in 2022, in this world right now, war still exists and people can kill other people for land and money .”
Zaya said he spoke on the phone with friends in Kiev, who woke up early Thursday to explosions.
“My friends call me all the time. I just talked to my friend, and she’s like, ‘Yara, I’m so scared. I hear the bombs. I hear the explosions. I don’t want to hear the noise,” she said.
Explosions sounded before dawn in Kyiv and gunfire was reported in several areas, as Western leaders scheduled an emergency meeting and Ukraine’s president pleaded for international help to repel an attack that could overthrow his democratically elected government, cause massive casualties and cause damage to the global economy.
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The army said on Friday that a group of Russian spies and saboteurs had been seen in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Kiev, and police told people not to come out of a downtown metro station because there were gunshots in the neighborhood. Elsewhere in the capital, soldiers set up defensive positions on bridges and armored vehicles raced down the streets, while many residents stood uncomfortably outside the doors of their buildings.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said Kiev “may well be under siege” in what US officials see as a brazen attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin to install his own regime.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.