Former ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to Ukraine, ‘I’m going back to help’!
Los Angeles – Maksim Chmerkovskiy feels “survivor’s remorse” following his return to the US and spending days witnessing the chaos of the Russians’ brutal attack in his native country Ukraine.
“I felt wrong leaving. I felt wrong being on that train,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy told his 1.1 million Instagram followers from his hotel room in Warsaw, just hours after getting out of the country”, Tweeted The Washington Post.
During a brief conversation with CNN, the former ‘DWTS’ pro said, “the journey has been difficult to process and already has plans to go back”.
“I spent the last couple of days with survivor’s remorse, I believe that is what it is called,” said the 42-year-old Ukrainian-born who later shifted to the US in the 90s.”I’m currently working on an opportunity to go back. Probably sometime next week, I’m going to go back to Poland and join the efforts on the ground and sort of like, want to justify my safety that way.”
The ballroom dance champion was in Ukraine for a dance show project when Russians began attacking Ukraine. Since then, the dancer has been keeping his 1.1 million followers aware of the situation in the war-torn country.
During an interview with Good Morning America, Chmerkovskiy said he is aware that he is “going through something mentally after the journey”.
“I get into these crying moments. I can’t control it. I cried on the way from the airport,” said “Maks” who had just returned to the US. “I felt embarrassed the entire ride back because I was the only man on the train amongst all women and children.”
Chmerkovskiy and his dancer wife Peta Murgatroyd share a 5-year-old, Shai. Chmerkovskiy was born in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1980 and lived there until he was 14. Afterwards, he shifted to the US with his family. In September, he returned to his native country for some television and dance show projects, including a reality show series, “World of Dance UA,” as per CNN.