The world is looking at Ukraine today as Russia has invaded the country. Now everyone has questions, and a Dancing With The Stars alum is in the thick of it.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 42, expressed his heartbreak over the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He posted videos depicting “reality” in his native Ukraine on Thursday morning, just as Russia invaded the country.

In an Instagram video, Maksim pleaded with Russia’s leaders to act peacefully and resolve their differences with Ukraine. He captioned, “There’s ALWAYS another way! WAR is NEVER an answer,” Chmerkovskiy, is seen standing on a balcony in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. Sirens can be heard in huge volumes as he tries to explain why he is apprehensive to record himself.

“I will never be the same,” Maksim added in his caption. “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.”

“I literally only just forgot about those ‘always on the edge’ feelings and actually started worrying about things like bbq grills. I’m crying as I’m typing this because all man deserves to worry about [is] ‘bbq grills’ and not f–king war. Hug your loved ones.”

The professional dancer and his younger brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, who also participates in “DWTS,” were born in Odessa, Ukraine, and moved to America with their family in 1994. Maksim has been alternating between Kyiv and Los Angeles for the past six months, sharing his time between the two cities with his wife, Peta Murgatroyd, and their 5-year-old son, Shai.

Maksim spoke for a longer time in the second video, explaining that he wanted to be with his family and that fleeing Kyiv would be more difficult for those of his loved ones who remained there. He continued, asking followers not to “bombard Peta with messages,” saying, “It’s not what’s important right now. I’m gonna do my best and try to keep you informed.” Finally, the choreographer chastised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his role in the invasion.

 “I think that in 2022, [in a] civilized world, this is not the way we do things. This is all one man’s ambition … and however it sounds, however convenient it sounds in Moscow, however comfortable you are where you are in Russia, I just don’t think that this is the right thing and [these are] the right steps and these are the correct actions.”

However, US President Joe Biden also criticized Putin’s attack, calling it “unprovoked and unjustified” and promising that “the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way.”

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