'DWTS' Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy Shares Video From Kyiv Balcony as Russia Invades Ukraine

The news coming out of Kyiv has been heartbreaking to watch. But for one Ukrainian, the nightmare is a very personal (and familiar) one. Dancing With the Stars alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy is currently in Kyiv and has shared a series of Instagram posts about what is going on around him as Russia invades his home country.

Warning: These videos are very hard to watch.

Maksim splits his time between LA and Kyiv.

A Ukraine native, Maksim spends part of the year in his Kyiv apartment. He happened to be staying there this week as Russian troops began an aggressive invasion of the country. Maksim took to his Instagram to give his followers a little insight into what was going on in the city on Thursday, and to share a message for any Russian citizens who may be watching.

The dancer was clearly emotional as he tried to describe how he was feeling about the overnight bombings.

The proud father, whose young son is fortunately back in LA with his wife Peta, spoke to the camera as sirens rang out behind him in the first of two videos. In the clip he explained why he didn't choose to leave when the rumors first began that Russia would invade, saying nobody expected "this kind of aggression."

Sirens can be heard getting louder as emergency vehicles race through the city.

Maksim lived in Ukraine as a boy and wrote about how this week's events bring back awful memories from his childhood.

In a second clip, Maksim captured a family fleeing the city with their small children and suitcases. "There's always another way! War is never an answer," he captioned the videos before adding a bit about his own childhood in Ukraine.

"I will never be the same. This is stressful and I'm getting old feelings back, like I've done this before," he wrote. "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."

The dancer now feels like he's "always on the edge" again.

Maksim told his followers he was crying as he was writing his message because people deserve to worry about mundane things like "BBQ grills" and not "f---ing war."

"Hug your loved ones," he concluded.

In a separate post he shared footage of military convoys rolling through the city center. He had trouble speaking as he described wanting to get back to his wife and son in the US. Our heart absolutely breaks listening to him describe what's going on in his beloved home country and all of the families who are stuck in the line of fire.

He described falling back in love with Ukraine over the last six months he's been staying there.

Maksim issued a call to action for any Russians watching his video before he headed down to the bomb shelter where he presumably remains right now. He asked them to believe the words he was sharing and the words of the Ukrainian people over the propaganda that they're being shown in Russia.

Our hearts break for Maksim, his family, and all the rest of the people in Ukraine right now.

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