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Peta Murgatroyd asks for prayers as her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who is in his native Ukraine, shares updates on the conflict unfolding in Kyiv.
“Please pray for my husband Maks. I don’t usually ask for these things from my social media network but today is extremely difficult and the next ones will be even more difficult,” “Dancing with the Stars” shared on Instagram Thursday.
“Many of you are asking for details and I don’t have the answers but yes he is safe at this time. Please pray that he will be home soon. Please pray that he has a quick and safe exit,” the 35-year-old said. -old wrote. “I have FAITH. I have HOPE and I have PRAYED so hard.”
“Please pray for Ukraine and the innocent civilians who [sic] lives are greatly uprooted,” explained the dancer. “I have learned to love this country the two times I have visited it and they are in an unfathomable situation.”
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Chmerkovskiy, 42, and Murgatroyd married in 2017. The couple share a 5-year-old son named Shai.
Chmerkovskiy responded in Murgatroyd’s comments section with a teary-eyed emoji and a red heart emoji.
Chmerkovskiy, a choreographer known for showing off his skills on “Dancing with the Stars,” revealed on Thursday that he was terrified as he planned to head for a bomb shelter. He also shared a glimpse of the scene taking place in the heart of Kiev, where parents could be seen walking with their children with bags and suitcases, desperate to get out.
“I’m in Kyiv, contrary to what I probably should have been a while ago, but again everyone has sources and resources and I have mine and I trust my sources and No one saw this coming. Not that no one saw this coming, but everyone was hoping that the finality of this situation would be avoided, that there wouldn’t be this kind of aggression.” he started in the video.
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His video showed ambulances and large trucks making their way through the streets.
“It’s military,” he continued, adding that he was “getting really emotional.”
“You know me, I stay strong, and I don’t show it, but I want to go home, and I realize that I have the necessary weight. I realize that. I have a different passport and my family is far away. What I realize is that my friends, their children, are here. Moms, dads are here and old people are here, and they can’t just escape,” said Chmerkovskiy.
He then shared a message for the Russian people.
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“Dear Russians, I know you know me and I know there are a lot of people in Russia right now who are watching this, watching the news, hearing the propaganda, hearing all this nonsense that is being talked about. I am not into this stadium someone who pleads for the safety of someone else from afar, from a safe distance I am someone who is about to enter an air raid shelter because it is collapsing.
“I think in 2022, in the civilized world, that’s not how we do things. I think as a powerful, forward-thinking nation and not as a third world country, I think Russians need to get up and say something because no one was heard This is all just one man’s ambition, and as much as it sounds, as practical as it sounds in Moscow, too comfortable that you are in Russia, I just don’t think this is the right thing and these are the right steps and these are the right actions.”
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.
“It feels like how it was when and why we left in the 90s. Like my old PTSD, I finally fixed the comeback. I literally just forgot about those ‘always on the edge’ feelings and I started to worry about things like barbecues. I’m crying writing this because every man deserves to worry about ‘barbecues’ and not the fucking war.
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He asked his followers to hug their loved ones.
Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending troops and tanks from multiple directions in a move that could rewrite the global geopolitical landscape. The Ukrainian government appealed for help as civilians piled into trains and cars to flee.
President Vladimir Putin shrugged off global condemnation and cascading new sanctions as he unleashed Europe’s biggest ground war in decades, and coldly referenced his country’s nuclear arsenal. He threatened any foreign country trying to interfere with “consequences you’ve never seen”.
Ukrainian officials said their forces were fighting the Russians on multiple fronts and had lost control of the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.
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“Russia has gone down the wrong path, but Ukraine is standing up for itself and will not give up its freedom,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted.
Later he proposed to Russia to end hostilities.
“It is not Ukraine that chose the path of war, but Ukraine proposes to return to the path of peace,” he said.
Melissa Roberto of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.