DWTS Pro Maks Chmerkovskiy Shares Scary Updates As He Remains In Ukraine and More Sanctions Are Put on Russia

As sirens rang out in the city of Kyiv on February 26, Dancing With the Stars professional Maks Chmerkovskiy is sharing more updates with his nearly one million followers. 

Since the beginning of Russia’s attack on Ukraine, Chmerkovskiy has used his platform to condemn Russia’s attack on his home country. Recently, he shared a moment in which he and others retreated to safety as sirens signaling air attacks began.

DWTS Pro Maks Chmerkovskiy Shares Scary Updates As He Remains In Ukraine 

As Chmerkovskiy revealed the bomb shelter they have access to is actually a parking lot, Maks shared what it was like as the sirens rang on. “There are air raid alarms everywhere. Constant. This is not a drill. This is no joke.”

“It’s all around Kyiv. There is heavy ultillary shooting inside Kyiv city. Pray for a lot of people,” he added before ending the video.

In a second video, Chmerkovskiy shared a video of gunfire over an intersection that he took to and from filming “100 times.” As people said in the comments section, “I can’t wrap my mind around any of this. I’m broken-hearted for all of you.”

As the war on Ukraine continues, the United States and other allies took further action against Russia and their president, Vladimir Putin, by restricting and limiting the country’s access to SWIFT. SWIFT is a global banking service that facilitates global transactions among thousands of financial institutions.

In a joint statement issued by leaders of the European Commission, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, they said, “We commit to ensuring that selected Russian banks are removed from the SWIFT messaging system. This will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm their ability to operate globally.”

While this was a step that had been encouraged over the last several days, as NBC News reports, countries like Germany and Italy were reluctant on removing Russia from SWIFT as European countries are much more reliant on Russia’s economic status. However, many of those that were reluctant changed their stance as Russia has become more and more aggressive in its invasion of Ukraine.

“As Russian forces unleash their assault on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, we are resolved to continue imposing costs on Russia that will further isolate Russia from the international financial system and our economies,” the statement continued.

Some of the imposed limits will include giving wealthy Russians the ability to use “golden passports” to seek citizenship in other countries. “Specifically, we commit to taking measures to limit the sale of citizenship—so-called golden passports—that let wealthy Russians connected to the Russian government become citizens of our countries and gain access to our financial systems,” the statement explained.

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