“Dancing With the Stars” alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy posted videos showing the “reality” in his native Ukraine just as Russia invaded the country Thursday morning.
In an Instagram clip captioned, “There’s ALWAYS another way! WAR is NEVER an answer,” Chmerkovskiy, 42, is seen standing on a balcony in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. Sirens are heard in increasing volume as he attempts to explain his hesitation to record himself.
“I will never be the same,” he continued in his caption. “This is stressful and I’m getting old feelings back, like I’ve done this before. This does feel like the way it was when and why we left in the 90s. Like my old PTSD I’ve finally fixed is coming back.”
The professional dancer and his younger brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, who also competes on “DWTS,” were born in Odessa, Ukraine, and immigrated to the United States with their family in 1994.
“I literally only just forgot about those ‘always on the edge’ feelings and actually started worrying about things like bbq grills,” he went on. “I’m crying as I’m typing this because all man deserves to worry about [is] ‘bbq grills’ and not f–king war. Hug your loved ones.”