Maxim Chmerkovsky is still trying to leave Ukraine.
“[There’s] Lots of fighting all around. The streets are crazy. At some point I was arrested. …But all the best, promise,” he said in the nearly five-minute-long video.
“It was probably the least shocking moment in this whole thing regarding Ukraine, but for me, it was a reality check.”
Chmerkovsky, 42, said he has “a lot to loosen” emotionally but is not “in a state of mind right now to do that.”
“I’m just trying to stay focused,” he added.
The Ukrainian national also said he would try to make his way to the border so he could cross into Poland.
“I have options. I admit, unfortunately, my choices are better than most people.” I’m a little nervous to be honest with you, but I think it’s going to be okay. Well, I know it’s going to be fine.”
He has shut down his video by asking his viewers not to panic if he disappears on social media for a while as he is in contact with his parents, brother and stepmother Peta Murgatroyd.
Chmerkovskiy 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.
Maxim has lived in and outside Kyiv for the past six months filming “World of Dance UA,” splitting his time between there and Los Angeles, where he lives with Murgatroyd, 35, and their 5-year-old son Shay.
“There is always another way! WAR is never an answer,” Maks commented in a previous video when he The Russians conquered first.
He continued, explaining, “I will never be the same.” “It’s exhausting and I’m getting my old feelings back, like I did this before. It feels like it was when and why we left in the ’90s. Like the old PTSD I finally fixed is coming back.”
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