Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s wife Peta Murgatroyd puts on a brave face with friend in Malibu

Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s wife Peta Murgatroyd puts on a brave face with friend in Malibu

Her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy reached Poland on Tuesday after fleeing his war-torn native Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion.

And hours after  he made it out of Ukraine, Peta Murgatroyd was spotted in her first sighting since Maks’ terrifying ordeal.

The Dancing With The Stars pro, 35, put on a brave face as she stepped out in Malibu, and at one point, put her hand over her mouth for a somber moment.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s wife Peta Murgatroyd puts on a brave face with friend in Malibu

Somber moment: Her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy reached Poland on Tuesday after fleeing his war-torn native Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion. And hours after he made it out of Ukraine, Peta Murgatroyd was spotted in her first sighting since Maks’ terrifying ordeal

Peta was seen sitting at an outdoor table with a woman; she cut a casual figure in sweats, opting to go makeup free and pulling her blonde hair back.

The mother of one was seen looking serious and somber while looking at her phone with her friend.

It is unclear what they were looking at or if it was a Facetime call but at one point Peta covered up her eyes and laughed for a brief lighter moment. 

Peta was seen heading inside the grocery store as well with her pal after their coffee outing.

The New Zealand-born star remained at her and Maks’ California home with their son Shai, sharing on Instagram her anguish.

On Sunday, Peta thanked everyone for their support in an emotional Instagram post, revealing that received freshly baked cookies from strangers.

The kind gesture touched the star, who said she was ‘going through hell right now’ awaiting her husband’s return. 

Brave: The Dancing With The Stars pro put on a brave face as she stepped out in Malibu, and at one point. put her hand over her mouth for a somber moment

Moment: She momentarily closed her eyes and put her hand on the side of her face

 Brave: The Dancing With The Stars pro put on a brave face as she stepped out in Malibu, and at one point. put her hand over her mouth for a somber moment

Focus: Peta looked somber during most of the outing, holding her phone up for her and her friend

Looking on: The mother of one looked serious as they focused on something on her phone

Focus: Peta looked somber during most of the outing, holding her phone up for her and her friend

Heavy: The star looked grim at one point as she took a sip of her beverage amid a very stressful time in her life after Maks was stuck in war-torn Ukraine

Heavy: The star looked grim at one point as she took a sip of her beverage amid a very stressful time in her life after Maks was stuck in war-torn Ukraine

Trying to keep busy: Peta was seen heading inside the grocery store as well with her pal after their coffee outing

Stepping out: Tuesday morning's outing comes just hours after Maks revealed he made it safely to Warsaw, Poland following a treacherous journey

Trying to keep busy: Peta was seen heading inside the grocery store as well with her pal after their coffee outing

Maksim has been documenting his journey fleeing his native country after the Russian invasion; The father of one finally arrived to Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday after 31 hours of no sleep.

Maks called his train ride ‘claustrophobic’ and ‘traumatizing,’ filled with women and children fleeing the war torn country. 

Maksim shared a detailed account of his trek to Warsaw, Poland, revealing he was starting his train journey on Monday after he got arrested in Kyiv. 

Taking it easy: It is unclear what they were looking at but at one point Peta covered up her eyes and laughed

Relief: Peta seemed to be reading something closely

Taking it easy: It is unclear what they were looking at but at one point Peta covered up her eyes and laughed

Brief: The pretty star shared a small smile as she showed her friend her phone

Casual: She cut a casual figure during her first outing since the entire ordeal with Maksim

Brief: The pretty star shared a small smile as she showed her friend her phone

Happy: Peta grinned while chatting with her friend

Outing: She grinned momentarily as she sat down at an outdoor table

A quick smile: Peta’s friend made her laugh for a brief moment during their outing together

Keeping strong: The New Zealand-born star remained at her and Maks' California home with their son Shai, sharing on Instagram her anguish

Keeping strong: The New Zealand-born star remained at her and Maks’ California home with their son Shai, sharing on Instagram her anguish

A brief smile: Peta had a somber look on her face for most of the outing, however she did manage a smile while looking at her phone.

A moment: It is unclear if she was on a Facetime call

A brief smile: Peta had a somber look on her face for most of the outing, however she did manage a smile while looking at her phone. It is unclear if she was on a Facetime call

Running errands: Peta seen with her pal on Tuesday morning in Malibu

Running errands: Peta seen with her pal on Tuesday morning in Malibu

Keeping a low profile: The star did some errands with her friend in the beach city

Keeping a low profile: The star did some errands with her friend in the beach city

Errands run: The duo seen out together

Errands run: The duo seen out together

Somber: She kept a low profile

Brave: While out with a friend

Somber: The star seen out Tuesday

'I cannot wait to be with you again': Peta also shared video of a lit lavender candle sitting beside a family photo

‘I cannot wait to be with you again’: Peta also shared video of a lit lavender candle sitting beside a family photo 

Dancing With The Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy timeline in Ukraine

FEBRUARY 2

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who was born in Ukraine but became a US citizen in 2019, flies to Kyiv with plans to stay for a ‘few months’ film a new Ukrainian show called World of Dance.

FEBRUARY6 

 The Dancing With The Stars pro, 42, begins filming as a judge on the panel and declares he’s ‘really happy to be back in Ukraine’.

FEBRUARY 24 

Maksim shares a tearful clip from Kyiv saying ‘I want to go back home’ and says he is ‘about to go into a bomb shelter because s**t’s going down’. His wife Peta Murgatroyd, with whom he has a five-year-old son Shai, pleads for his safe return and asks for prayers. She admits: ‘My pain is overwhelming and I’m struggling. Please pray that he has a swift, safe exit.’ 

FEBRUARY 25

He shares another clip filmed in Kyiv and tells fans he is ‘safe’ but the situation is ‘pretty die’ and that the ‘whole country is being called to go to war. I don’t know the answer, I just want the shooting to stop.’

FEBRUARY 26 

He calls out his former DWTS partner Kirstie Alley for tweeting she doesn’t know what’s ‘real’ and ‘fake’ about Russia invading his home country. He noted: ‘No one needs your prayer if you don’t know what’s real or fake.’

FEBRUARY 27

Petra admits she’s going through ‘hell’ but thanks fans for their kindness and support, revealing strangers made her cookies to offer comfort. Maks commented on her post, writing: ‘I love you and I’ll see you soon! Save me a cookie.’

FEBRUARY 28

Maks reveals he was arrested in Kyiv but doesn’t reveal why. He said the ‘streets are crazy’ and the arrest was ‘probably the least traumatizing moment’ but noted it was a ‘reality check.’ He reveals he plan to flee, noting ‘I’m going to try and make my way out. I’m going to start making my way towards the border. I have options. Just a little nervous but I think it’s going to be alright. I know its’ going to be okay.’ He later boards a train heading to Warsaw alongside women and children, calling the journey ‘claustrophobic.’

MARCH 1 

The dancing pro reaches Warsaw, Poland after 31 hours of no sleep on his ‘traumatizing’ train ride women and children fleeing Ukraine following the Russian invasion. The star thanks the ‘amazing Polish people.’

Emotional: Maksim, pictured on February 24, shared a tearful clip from Kyiv and said 'I want to go back home' and says he is 'about to go into a bomb shelter because s**t's going down'

Emotional: Maksim, pictured on February 24, shared a tearful clip from Kyiv and said ‘I want to go back home’ and says he is ‘about to go into a bomb shelter because s**t’s going down’

Hours after his arrival to Warsaw, Maks did an Instagram live from his hotel room, thanking everyone for their support and help along the way.

‘This is nine pm [local time] so this is my 36th hour of being awake. It’s not an exaggeration. I woke up at 9 am… I don’t even know… two days ago… yesterday or whatever. I boarded the train to Warsaw last second at whatever… and it took off. We started driving at 7:30/7:20 something like that. And I got to the Warsaw central train station at exactly 6:30 so it was about a 23 hour trip from Kyiv to Warsaw.’

‘And right now it’s 36 hours since I’ve been awake. I have a lot of details about this trip. I’m not going to talk about this right now. But I want to say a couple of things. I have a lot to unpack, it’s going to take a very long time and the number one priority right now is the fact that the war is just heating up right now. I keep seeing reports and they are going to get worse.’ 

‘I’m telling you, some of the images… and I’m going to say forgive me for posting it, but at the same time, I want to. It has to come out. We’ve become so sterile with the way we accept news. “Oh, that’s too graphic, oh I can’t believe they showed that on TV.” Well I can’t believe you see that on the street. I can’t believe that people walking by today, a couple of hours ago, got hit by a rocket and its incinerated the entire family. A mom, dad and two kids. And I have that video. And I have that image. I have that in my head as something that as something that also happened. Right? And it is so close.’

Newest update: Hours after his arrival to Warsaw, Maks did an Instagram live from his hotel room, thanking everyone for their support and help along the way

Newest update: Hours after his arrival to Warsaw, Maks did an Instagram live from his hotel room, thanking everyone for their support and help along the way

 ‘And it is so real. And it is so traumatic. And it’s so crazy. It’s not right. I want to say a lot but I promise this isn’t the time for me. It’s not a good time. I won’t be able to express myself. I’m already tearing up and choking and it’s not right. I just want to say what I want to say. So the unpacking comes later. Please, as you can see, what has started as a usual for Putin campaign, to take over the government, just pop it… whatever in place. And to extend his regime. Has turned into a David and Goliath of just massive proportions.’  

 ‘It’s the reality. David and Goliath in reality. And the little guy… you know, I’ve always had this analogy in my head, I feel like I’m in high school again in Brooklyn. I feel like I’m in a hallway and I feel like I’m watching a little kid get beat up by a big kid and all of the little kids. And this kid happens to be like extra big. All of us are passing by. We think it’s wrong but we can’t just jump in and that’s the reality of life and that’s how it happens because we are all so terrified by the big kid, we don’t want want to get punched in the face as an innocent bystander or “Hey, stop that!” And then also get beat up.’ 

‘So what happens is we stay and watch… we stand and we watch and you know what we see? We see the little kid get bloody nose, a black eye, get punched and punched repeatedly, and then something happens. And the little kid does something. And maybe the big kid falls down. Or we see that there’s a change. And that’s the human reaction where everybody joins in. I don’t care if its wrong, I don’t care if its not the way it should be, but whenever you feel ready to join in, you have to join in. This is a communal situation. We live in a place today… a planet to me looks like a communal living space… in all USSR, we had families bunk and live together and share a kitchen. You’re not strangers then.’  

Speaking out: 'This is nine pm [local time] so this is my 36th hour of being awake. It's not an exaggeration. I woke up at 9 am... I don't even know... two days ago... yesterday or whatever. I boarded the train to Warsaw last second at whatever... and it took off. We started driving at 7:30/7:20 something like that. And I got to the Warsaw central train station at exactly 6:30 so it was about a 23 hour trip from Kyiv to Warsaw'

Speaking out: ‘This is nine pm [local time] so this is my 36th hour of being awake. It’s not an exaggeration. I woke up at 9 am… I don’t even know… two days ago… yesterday or whatever. I boarded the train to Warsaw last second at whatever… and it took off. We started driving at 7:30/7:20 something like that. And I got to the Warsaw central train station at exactly 6:30 so it was about a 23 hour trip from Kyiv to Warsaw’

‘You’re people that share the same air. Same space. Russia and Ukraine, they have to wear… if you noticed watching the reports, Russians have a white band around their arm, Ukraine has a yellow band. There are different other bands within both sides that signify other things. You know why they have to have bands? Because they look the same. Because it’s the same person. It’s a cousin, a brother… it’s not even a cousin, it’s a brother.’ 

‘Two brothers fighting. Moscow and Russia as it is, and this is the history lesson that whatever his name is omitted, because it started a 100 something years ago. But the reality is that Russian came out of Kyiv’ruse… it was originally Kyiv… Kyiv was the place. It was the capital and then the group of people relocated. And they found Moscow. And the reason why they found Moscow is because they kept getting attacked by outside invaders. Genghis Khan. Ottoman Empire. Whatever. Alexander Great. It’s not a history lesson.’

‘But the reality is, that that was a strategic move. To move Moscow inward, North, inland. And to leave Ukraine as a buffer for attackers. So whenever someone is attacking Russia, they got to go through Ukraine. By the time they get to Russia, Russian forces will be ready. And that’s the mindset of this nut job maniac that is running the show. He’s insane. Because he’s trying to build this empire based on old traditions.  We don’t live in that world anymore. We don’t buy a house and build a f****g moat around it with a drawbridge. This isn’t medieval times. You don’t buffer your country from an invasion. It’s 2022. If somebody wants to do something global, they can use a satellite dish. What’s the point of buffering? You got rockets that fly insane territories. You have weapons that do stupid stuff. And you can see it today from these images.’

Maksim went on to say that Putin is ‘exterminating’ people by trying to throw everything at Ukraine, adding that the country will stand.

‘We lived through so much down time… so much uncertainty.. I don’t mean the pandemic and the previous state of the world… we’re still all divided and nonsense among us.. but look how united we are over Ukraine. The world. It’s the most beautiful thing ever. And it took a war us to get together at this level.’ 

He added that he has ‘lived through some s**t that I’m going to need a lot of therapy for.’ 

From the heart: Maksim went on to say that Putin is 'exterminating' people by trying to throw everything at Ukraine, adding that the country will stand

From the heart: Maksim went on to say that Putin is ‘exterminating’ people by trying to throw everything at Ukraine, adding that the country will stand

The latest: Maksim has been documenting his journey fleeing his native country after the Russian invasion. The father of one finally arrived to Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday after 31 hours of no sleep

The latest: Maksim has been documenting his journey fleeing his native country after the Russian invasion. The father of one finally arrived to Warsaw, Poland on Tuesday after 31 hours of no sleep

Family: Maks  and Peta, who married in 2017, are parents to five-year-old son Shai

 Family: Maks  and Peta, who married in 2017, are parents to five-year-old son Shai

He took to his Instagram stories explaining that they stopped to change the wheels off the train on their trek to Poland.

‘I’m at a station about 20, 30, 40, I don’t actually know where I’m at  but like 30 minutes before the Polish border, they stopped to change wheels on the train, I can’t make this up and let us out… for fresh air and I went to the bathroom and now we’re going back and this is the train,’ as he showed train and the crowds.

‘So now that I see it, there’s… yesterday I didn’t see it it was night I had no idea where we were… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 cars about 130-something people each and one cart that is all sicker kids and people… its not as packed but all the others are packed to the brink. 

Maks said it was a stop about ‘thirty minutes from the Polish border’ as he walked to the bathroom.

Made it: The star, who also revealed he was arrested in Kyiv, revealed that after a long 'claustrophobic' and 'traumatizing' train ride with women and children out of the war torn country

He also posted that he has not slept for 31 hours

Made it: The star, who also revealed he was arrested in Kyiv, revealed that after a long ‘claustrophobic’ and ‘traumatizing’ train ride with women and children out of the war torn country

Speaking out: Maksim, 42, shared a detailed account of his trek to Warsaw, Poland, revealing he was starting his train journey on Monday after he got arrested in Kyiv. The father of one arrived to Warsaw after 31 hours of no sleep

Speaking out: Maksim, 42, shared a detailed account of his trek to Warsaw, Poland, revealing he was starting his train journey on Monday after he got arrested in Kyiv. The father of one arrived to Warsaw after 31 hours of no sleep

His reality: 'I'm at a station about 20, 30, 40, I don't actually know where I'm at but like 30 minutes before the Polish border, they stopped to change wheels on the train, I can't make this up and let us out... for fresh air and I went to the bathroom and now we're going back and this is the train,' as he showed train and the crowds

His reality: ‘I’m at a station about 20, 30, 40, I don’t actually know where I’m at but like 30 minutes before the Polish border, they stopped to change wheels on the train, I can’t make this up and let us out… for fresh air and I went to the bathroom and now we’re going back and this is the train,’ as he showed train and the crowds

He said there’s about 130 people on each of the five cars on the train, noting that one cart is only for sick children and people so its not as packed as the other four.

The star then showed off the poor conditions of the bathroom he was forced to use during the train stop.

After his arrival to Poland, Maks revealed he’s been running on 31 hours no sleep.

He took a moment to thank the Polish people: ‘I absolutely have to say this: Polish people are amazing!!!! Thank you from the absolute bottom of my heart and soul,’ adding a prayer sign, heart and hands in the air emoji. 

Maksim followed it up with footage from people showing Ukrainians allegedly stealing a tank from the Russian army.

Gratitude: He took a moment to thank the Polish people: 'I absolutely have to say this: Polish people are amazing!!!! Thank you from the absolute bottom of my heart and soul,' adding a prayer sign, heart and hands in the air emoji

Gratitude: He took a moment to thank the Polish people: ‘I absolutely have to say this: Polish people are amazing!!!! Thank you from the absolute bottom of my heart and soul,’ adding a prayer sign, heart and hands in the air emoji

He also posted stories showing expired food the Russian army allegedly issued their militia, with the date of 2015.

Maks later wrote: ‘Russian state propaganda machine will say my last post is fake. Fundamentally flawed way of governing humans by using propaganda (lies) and fear. Benn there, done that… emigrated.’ 

Maksim lives in California with wife Peta and their son Shai, five; the dancing pro was born in Ukraine but immigrated to New York with his parents and brother Val in 1994, where they became US citizens. 

His words: He also posted stories showing expired food the Russian army allegedly issued their militia, with the date of 2015

His words: He also posted stories showing expired food the Russian army allegedly issued their militia, with the date of 2015

Speaking to his followers: He was sharing information about the journey as he headed to the bathroom

Speaking to his followers: He was sharing information about the journey as he headed to the bathroom

Bathroom: The star then showed off the poor conditions of the bathroom he was forced to use during the train stop

Bathroom: The star then showed off the poor conditions of the bathroom he was forced to use during the train stop

He also posted a woman shouting in Ukrainian from her window as the Russian army bombed residential buildings, and not the military structures they have been claiming is their focus.

Another clip showed children making camouflage nets to help in their battle, and another was of an elderly woman with graphic injuries, with her foot blown off.   

The Ukrainian star updated followers in series of social media posts on Monday, detailing his ‘traumatizing’ attempt to get out of the country amid the Russian invasion.

Chmerkovskiy, who has been in Kyiv working as a judge on the Ukrainian version of World of Dance, had planned on staying in his native land when the fighting first broke out, however, after he got a ‘reality check’ by being arrested he decided to flee. 

The country announced last week that men of fighting age – between 18-60 – were prohibited from leaving Ukraine but since Maks holds a U.S. passport, he is exempt from the mandate. 

Real life: Another clip showed children making camouflage nets to help in their battle, and another was of an elderly woman with graphic injuries, with her foot blown off

Real life: Another clip showed children making camouflage nets to help in their battle, and another was of an elderly woman with graphic injuries, with her foot blown off

Monday updates: Chmerkovskiy, who has been in Kyiv working as a judge on the Ukrainian version of World of Dance, had planned on staying in his native land when the fighting first broke out, however, after he got a 'reality check' by being arrested he decided to flee

 Monday updates: Chmerkovskiy, who has been in Kyiv working as a judge on the Ukrainian version of World of Dance, had planned on staying in his native land when the fighting first broke out, however, after he got a ‘reality check’ by being arrested he decided to flee

‘I made it on the train. We’re heading to Warsaw (hopefully). Train to Lviv was not an option,’ the choreographer penned. ‘The situation at the train station is insane. AT first it feels manageable, but it get 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,’ he continued. ‘Currently I’m in a cabin with 4 adults and 7 kids (ages 2-11) which is usually only occupied by maximum of 3 people.’

Maksim revealed that the train car that he was traveling on was outfitted for roughly 30 riders but refugees were told they needed to fit 135 people inside.

‘Walkways are packed. People everywhere. It’s sweaty and claustrophobic,’ he said. Photos from a train station in illustrate the reality star’s situation. Thousands of people were seen bundled up in freezing temperatures standing practically on top of one another as they attempted to get a train out of the country. 

Refugees: Chmerkovskiy, who has been in Kyiv working as a judge on the Ukrainian version of World of Dance, had planned on staying in his native land when the fighting first broke out, however, after he got a 'reality check' by being arrested he decided to flee

Refugees: Chmerkovskiy, who has been in Kyiv working as a judge on the Ukrainian version of World of Dance, had planned on staying in his native land when the fighting first broke out, however, after he got a ‘reality check’ by being arrested he decided to flee

One of the lucky ones: Ukraine announced last week that men of fighting age - between 18-60 - were prohibited from leaving Ukraine but since Maks holds a U.S. passport, he is exempt from the mandate

One of the lucky ones: Ukraine announced last week that men of fighting age – between 18-60 – were prohibited from leaving Ukraine but since Maks holds a U.S. passport, he is exempt from the mandate

Fighting-aged men are prohibited from leaving Ukraine under a new mandate so the trains are filled primarily with women and children.   

Back in the 1990s, Maksim and his family emigrated to the United States and thus he holds a U.S. passport, allowing him the rare opportunity to flee for safety. 

‘What finally broke me is when I was watching an eight-ish year old boy, hysterically crying and not wanting to let go of his father,’ he wrote in a heartbreaking post on Instagram. ‘Verbatim: “if you stay I want to stay too because if they kill you I won’t be able to help”.’ 

His wife, Peta, shared his post on her social media feed saying she was ‘so f**king proud’ of her husband for helping out the refugee children.

Maks’ decision to finally leave Kyiv came after he was arrested while in the capital city amid the Russian military assault. 

Terrifying: Thousands of people were seen bundled up in freezing temperatures standing practically on top of one another as they attempted to get a train out of the country (Pictured: Evacuation train in Kyiv)

Terrifying: Thousands of people were seen bundled up in freezing temperatures standing practically on top of one another as they attempted to get a train out of the country (Pictured: Evacuation train in Kyiv)

Getting out: Thousands of Ukrainian residents waiting for hours to board trains into neighboring countries as Russian forces continue to shell cities across the country (Pictured: Lviv train station)

Getting out: Thousands of Ukrainian residents waiting for hours to board trains into neighboring countries as Russian forces continue to shell cities across the country (Pictured: Lviv train station)

‘The streets are crazy,’ he said. ‘At one point I got arrested but again all good, promise. That was probably the least traumatizing moment in this whole thing as far as Ukraine is concerned, but for me, it was just a reality check.’ 

‘I’m going to try and make my way out.  I’m going to start making my way towards the border. I have options.’ Adding: ‘Just a little nervous but I think it’s going to be alright. I know it’s going to be okay. 

Maksim posted graphic videos to his stories and grid throughout Ukraine, as the star says he’s tried and stressed out after seeing innocent people being killed.

He said on Sunday: ‘I’m in a very safe place but this is nuts and I think everybody is going through a lot of emotions and i think it’s time I expose mine in a more personal manner. 

‘This is a war. This is a crazy situation. It’s insane and I’m losing my final little things. This is not a cry for help. I’m a big boy. I can handle myself.. but I’m starting to not be able to just sort of keep my head.’

Support: His wife, Peta Murgatroyd, shared his post on her social media feed saying she was 'so f**king proud' of her husband for helping out the refugee children

Support: His wife, Peta Murgatroyd, shared his post on her social media feed saying she was ‘so f**king proud’ of her husband for helping out the refugee children

‘The reality is, I just want to go home. I’m just hoping for a safe ending to it all.’ 

His wife Peta took to Instagram on Sunday with an emotional message in which she shared that an empathetic group of strangers had made a kind gesture to her amid the absence of Maksim. 

‘Although I’m going through hell right now and I want it all to end…[there] is light that shines through the darkness,’ said Murgatroyd, who is mother to five-year-old son Shai with Chmerkovskiy, who she wed in July of 2017. 

Murgatroyd, an alum of Dancing With the Stars, remains at the family’s home in California amid the uncertain time. She said that strangers baked her cookies ‘and proudly brought them to [her] door. 

‘They stood there with smiles so wide. Let me repeat … strangers, whom I don’t talk to thought that they should get in their kitchen and bake me cookies,’ she said. ‘They also took it upon themselves to google if I was allergic to anything, just to make sure they weren’t hurting me.’ 

The latest: Maksim Chmerkovskiy revealed he was arrested while in Kyiv, Ukraine but called it the 'least traumatizing moment in this whole thing as far as Ukraine is concerned

The latest: Maksim Chmerkovskiy revealed he was arrested while in Kyiv, Ukraine but called it the ‘least traumatizing moment in this whole thing as far as Ukraine is concerned

Chmerkovskiy has also provided frequent social media updates amid the conflict, as he said Thursday he had not attempted to leave the country due to safety concerns around the border of Poland. The professional dancer said he felt his odds for departure from the Ukraine were helped in having an American passport.

Chmerkovskiy added that the conflict had taken an emotional toll on him, as he said he ‘will never be the same’ in the wake of the invasion.

‘This is stressful and I’m getting old feelings back, like I’ve done this before,’ he said Thursday. ‘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.’

On Sunday, Chmerkovskiy took to Instagram Stories with a number of messages, urging people in the dance community in European countries to help take care of refugees if they were able to. He shared a number of links to resources to help people exit safely amid the ongoing military conflict.

Chmerkovskiy also wrote, ‘Russia needs a revolution!!! Russian people are being lied to!!! Russians! Wake up! It will take you generations to get over this and generations of people around the world will never forgive you!!!’

On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to put nuclear weapons on enhanced alert for ‘special regime of combat duty’ amid heightened tensions with Europe and the United States following the invasion.

Putin cited aggression toward Russia from NATO as well as economic sanctions and moves shutting down Russian banking institutions using the banking system SWIFT.

The U.N. Security Council is slated to hold an emergency meeting regarding the invasion Monday.