Maksim Chmerkovskiy returns to Poland to support Ukrainian refugees: ‘It gets worse’

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy has returned to Europe during the Russian invasion of Ukraine to help those in need.

The “Dancing with the Stars” pro went live on Instagram from the Polish capital of Warsaw on Sunday, telling his followers that he was “fine” and “enjoying some of that weather in Los Angeles” after returning home from Ukraine earlier this month.

“I saw my family, saw my friends, I obviously spent some time” [with them]’ said the 42-year-old. ‘And we’ve worked. We’ve been working on tangible opportunities to help.”

Chmerkovskiy made publicity for Baranova27, a charitable organization for Ukrainian humanitarian aid. It is named after the address where Chmerkovskiy, as well as his brother Val and their father, were born in Odessa, Ukraine.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy confirmed that he was in Warsaw on Sunday.
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Since the launch of GoFundMe on March 10, it has raised more than $141,000. All proceeds “will be spent on our efforts to help Ukraine,” it noted.

Chmerkovskiy shared that the ongoing conflict “didn’t end or slow down – it got worse in Ukraine”.

“I want everyone to understand what that means because everything that happened happened quickly,” he explained. “It was traumatic and it was global and everything. But right now it’s getting worse. The humanitarian crisis is getting worse. People are getting worse, more people are injured and more people are affected.”

Chmerkovskiy also spoke about how Poland is being affected by the devastating situation.

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Emotional reunion between Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd at LAX airport when the 'DWTS' professional returned to LA from Ukraine on March 2, 2022.

Emotional reunion between Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd at LAX airport when the ‘DWTS’ professional returned to LA from Ukraine on March 2, 2022.
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“These cities are running out of space,” he said. “This is a real problem. A few cities have already announced that they can no longer accept refugees. Right now, where I am, in Warsaw, right in the center, everywhere you go is Ukrainian. Everyone is a refugee.”

A spokesperson for Chmerkovskiy confirmed to Fox News Digital that the star is located in Poland.

Earlier this month, a source close to Chmerkovskiy also revealed to Fox News Digital that the star planned to return to Europe and was “working to aid refugee relief along the border”.

Chmerkovskiy has admitted he has “survivor remorse.”

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy admitted he has

Maksim Chmerkovskiy admitted he has “repented from the survivor” since leaving Ukraine.
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“I’ve spent the last few days regretting the survivor and I’m currently working on an opportunity to go back,” he said during an interview with CNN. “Probably sometime next week I will go back to Poland and join the efforts on the ground. I want to justify my safety that way.’

During his interview, Khmerkovskiy spoke about the war between Russia and Ukraine and his experiences in the war-torn country days before his departure.

“It wasn’t really a decision to leave. It was more like being told to go,” he explained. “The Ukrainian people in general were waiting for this conflict. They were prepared. It was eight years in the making and that was the very general feeling since I started [working] in Ukraine last September.”

Chmerkovskiy went on to say that he was “consulting about a number of TV shows and dance-related projects.”

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd welcomed their first child in 2017.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd welcomed their first child in 2017.
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“All the time, it felt like something was coming,” he recalls. “All the while I was told, ‘If anything happens, we’ll get you out. You’ll be the first to leave the country.'”

“When everything happened, it suddenly happened,” he added. “And that morning — I was literally driving to the movies and at 5 in the morning — someone bombed my phone and said, ‘You have to go now.'”

Chmerkovskiy said that when he got on the train to Poland, he “fought against that inner feeling.”

“I felt really bad, and the feeling got worse because when I got to the train station I realized it was all women and children,” Chmerkovskiy said. “I’m too big and I take up space so I had myself put between trains. I literally moved out of the area where people would have been all and that’s the footage that was shown.”

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A source previously told Fox News Digital that Maksim Chmerkovskiy wanted to help those in need.

A source previously told Fox News Digital that Maksim Chmerkovskiy wanted to help those in need.
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“Internally, I justified my space because I was outside,” he continued. “It wasn’t a liveable situation because it was freezing too much, so I paced in that space, came in, thawed and then went out again, so I helped a lot with their needs and bags and all those things. Just to understand that I’m not just take up space.”

Chmerkovskiy holds United States citizenship. The professional ballroom dancer admitted that he struggles mentally.

Russia launched a large-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin labeled the attack a “special military mission.” The invasion has led to worldwide condemnation. Hundreds of deaths or injuries have already been reported, including children. Millions have fled or attempted to flee the country.

Janelle Ash, Julius Young and Fox News’ Associated Press contributed to this report.

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