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Strictly's Nikita Kuzmin shares how his family in Ukraine check on each other every morning


Strictly’s Nikita Kuzmin has shared how his family in Ukraine check on each other every morning due to ‘heartbreaking’ war with Russia that continues to rage on.  

The dancer, 24, said that his grandparents and the rest of his family ring each other as soon as they wake up to ask ‘are you alive?’. 

Nikita told how he contacts them regularly to try and ‘uplift’ their spirits but that their reality is ‘heartbreaking’ and ‘difficult’.

Upset: Strictly's Nikita Kuzmin has shared how his family in Ukraine check on each other every morning due to 'heartbreaking' war with Russia that continues to rage on

Upset: Strictly’s Nikita Kuzmin has shared how his family in Ukraine check on each other every morning due to ‘heartbreaking’ war with Russia that continues to rage on

Speaking on Morning Live, he said: ‘My grandparents, they try to uplift each other, their morning starts with them calling each other, that’s the first thing they do.

‘They are just asking on the phone ‘are you alive’ and they reply ‘yes, I’m alive are you alive?’. It has been the same as that for the last 12 days. This is their reality now.

‘It is hard on the people, hearing my grandmother’s voice, every single day it is just getting harder obviously trying to uplift them but obviously this is just difficult. The war is going on and it is all just heartbreaking.’ 

Difficult: The dancer, 24, said that his grandparents and the rest of his family ring each other as soon as they wake up to ask 'are you alive' (pictured with his grandma right)

Difficult: The dancer, 24, said that his grandparents and the rest of his family ring each other as soon as they wake up to ask ‘are you alive’ (pictured with his grandma right)

It comes after last week Nikita shared his heartbreak over his grandmother being trapped in Ukraine amid the devastating Russian invasion.

During an appearance on Thursday’s Lorraine, the dancer expressed his anguish about the troubles his family is facing, admitting to the host that things are ‘incredibly scary’

Nikita, who was partnered with Tilly Ramsay in last year’s show, was born in the Ukraine but he and part of his family relocated to Italy when he was just nine years old.

Love: Nikita told how he contacts them regularly to try and 'uplift' their spirits but that their reality is 'heartbreaking' and 'difficult'

Love: Nikita told how he contacts them regularly to try and ‘uplift’ their spirits but that their reality is ‘heartbreaking’ and ‘difficult’

Speaking via video link from Germany, he told Lorraine, 62, that he’s been calling his relatives everyday after she was caught up in the conflict, stating that she was trying to protect him and his family from the worst news.

He explained: ‘Luckily, we still have a connection to her, so we are video calling her all the time.

‘She’s actually trying to protect us from being scared. Everytime we can hear gun shots or explosions in the background, she’s always telling us that it’s a movie that she’s put on TV and only afterwards, a couple of hours later, she’s confessing that actually it’s a real bomb, real gun shots – it’s incredibly scary.’  

Nikita went on to share his pride at the strength and resilience of the Ukrainian people, noting that Russia is not only battling against the Ukrainian army, but the whole country.

Speaking on Morning Live, he said: 'My grandparents, they try to uplift each other, their morning starts with them calling each other, that's the first thing they do'

Speaking out: Nikita, who was partnered with Tilly Ramsay in last year’s show, was born in the Ukraine but he and his family relocated to Italy when he was just nine years old

He added: ‘It’s absolutely heartbreaking and now seeing the reports from Kyiv, honestly I’m just trying to contain myself, drink a bit of water and recompose.

‘But at the same time, it’s so inspiring to see the Ukrainian people fighting. The Russian army are not just fighting the Ukrainian army, it’s fighting against the whole country. Everyone is coming together to fight for the country.’ 

The pro dancer also shared how heartbreaking it is to see the streets he grew up on devastated by the impact of the war.

Family: Speaking on Morning Live, he said: 'My grandparents, they try to uplift each other, their morning starts with them calling each other, that's the first thing they do' (pictured with his grandma)

Family: Speaking on Morning Live, he said: ‘My grandparents, they try to uplift each other, their morning starts with them calling each other, that’s the first thing they do’ (pictured with his grandma) 

He continued: 'They are just asking on the phone 'are you alive' and they reply 'yes, I'm alive are you alive?'. It has been the same as that for the last 12 days. This is their reality now'

He continued: ‘They are just asking on the phone ‘are you alive’ and they reply ‘yes, I’m alive are you alive?’. It has been the same as that for the last 12 days. This is their reality now’

He said: ‘It’s absolutely heartbreaking and to see the streets where I grew up, where many of the Ukrainians grew up, I recognise the streets and just now see them being bombed, went over by tanks, fighting on the streets. It’s wrong on so many levels.’ 

He also appealed to the government to call for a no-fly zone over the Ukraine, pleading: ‘Please help us cover the sky – we need help.’ 

Following his interview, the choreographer took to his Instagram stories to encourage his followers to help in any way they can by donating money, clothes and other items to help those in need in his home country. 

Fears: It comes after during an appearance on last Thursday's Lorraine, the dancer expressed his anguish about the troubles his family is facing, admitting that things are 'incredibly scary'

Fears: It comes after during an appearance on last Thursday’s Lorraine, the dancer expressed his anguish about the troubles his family is facing, admitting that things are ‘incredibly scary’

He wrote on social media: ‘Just don’t stay silent. Talk about it, discuss, inform, post, repost, donate, do something. Make pressure to the government, make pressure to the hospitals, just don’t stay silent.’ 

Further to his appeals on his stories, the star also uploaded a number of images of his family to his grid, commenting with a single red heart.

The post garnered plenty of positive and supportive comments from his fans and Strictly co-stars.

Shocking: Further to his appeals on his stories, the star also uploaded a number of images of his family to his grid, commenting with a single red heart

Shocking: Further to his appeals on his stories, the star also uploaded a number of images of his family to his grid, commenting with a single red heart

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