Dancing With the Stars alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy has made it out of his native Ukraine on a train amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of the European nation.
Chmerkovskiy shared he was “hopefully” en path to Warsaw, the capital of Poland, in an Instagram Story on Monday, noting he was in an overcrowded train cabin with 4 different adults and 7 kids.
“Train to Lviv was not an option,” the dance pro wrote. “The situation at the train station is insane. At first it feels manageable, but it gets A LOT worse when it comes time to actually board the train. Long story but all I can say now is that I’m a big man with nothing but a backpack it’s TRAUMATIZING.”
Chmerkovskiy added that his cabin, carrying 12 folks complete, himself included, is meant for a most of three, writing, “There’s usually up to 30 people in this particular wagon. We were told we have to fit 135. Walkways are packed. People everywhere. It’s sweaty and claustrophobic.”
Maksim Chmerkovskiy shares an replace on Instagram Story | Credit score: maksimc/Instagram
Chmerkovskiy just lately returned to Ukraine to host the nation’s iteration of DWTS. When Russian President Vladimir Putin’s troops stormed into the capital metropolis of Kyiv on Feb. 24, Chmerkovskiy documented a lot of the dysfunction on Instagram, sharing movies of siren sounds and most just lately, a video of unarmed Ukrainian civilians confronting Russian tanks.
“I will never be the same,” Chmerkovskiy captioned one of his earlier movies. “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.”
Putin has spent the final few months moving his troops toward the border of Ukraine, however Chmerkovskiy mentioned it was tough to fathom that the president would truly invade, noting, “Not that no one saw this coming, but that we hoped the finality of this situation would be averted, that there would not be these kind of aggressive measures.
In another video, Chmerkovskiy reflected on the privilege of his particular situation, noting that he has a passport and a “method out” when other Ukrainians could not say the same.
“I am very scared and do not know what phrases to make use of, however I do know that on the very least I’ve a probability,” he said. “I’ve a passport and a method out. Quite a bit of folks don’t, and it is f—ing nonsense. I really like Ukraine, it is an unimaginable pleasure to spend six months now on the bottom. I fell again in love. I do know now who these persons are, what this nation is, and what it stands for. It’s completely not what’s being portrayed to the Russian folks to be able to justify this invasion.”