Peta Murgatroyd wrote Maksim Chmerkovskiy a ‘goodbye text’ in Ukraine

Peta Murgatroyd revealed she feared the worst when her husband, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, was stuck in Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion.

“I literally wrote him a text, almost a goodbye text like if something happens,” Murgatroyd, 35, told “Entertainment Tonight” Thursday.

Murgatroyd recalled feeling terrified for Chmerkovskiy’s life when he started to make his escape from his native country in February.

“To get the phone call and to see him frantically packing his bags trying to get out of the hotel was just like, I had a heart attack nearly. I had to sit myself down and calm down for him,” she said, recalling Chmerkovskiy, 42, hustling out of the capital, Kyiv. “And then the next eight days [that Chmerkovskiy was there] were life-changing. Absolutely life-changing.”

Murgatroyd took to Instagram at the time to share that she was praying for Chmerkovskiy’s safe return to the United States after Russian troops invaded Ukraine. While she was at home in California with their 5-year-old son, Shai, Chmerkovskiy was in the European country to be a judge on “World of Dance Ukraine.”

Chmerkovskiy documented his terrifying journey on Instagram as he attempted to flee the war-torn region, finally sharing in March that he had made it onto a train that took him to Poland.

The next day, he made his return to the US, where the “Dancing With the Stars” couple had an emotional reunion at the Los Angeles International Airport.

He escaped from Ukraine and reunited with his wife in March.
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But Chmerkovskiy decided to return to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees just weeks after getting back to America.

He shared how fortunate he feels that Murgatroyd was by his side throughout the crisis and said they are working together to help others who are still trying to get to safety.

“I was lucky that Peta was with me on this. I made that commitment. We are working with Barnova 27, my organization. We’re pushing out. We’re working on other ways of getting other things into the country and what’s needed,” he told “ET” Thursday. “We’re working on developing livable towns, makeshift towns that can maybe serve as something else, [trying] to attract technology, 3D printing and so on.”

The dancer documented his terrifying journey to flee the country and get to safety.
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He added that he wants to use his platform to help those struggling.

“This is what I’m dedicating myself [to], but I think it’s very important to also make sure people don’t forget about it,” he said. “I realized when I got home that this is so far away and it’s hard to retell the story over and over. So, I’m just using this opportunity to also say, like, ‘It’s going on right now.’ People are just now starting to need even more help, and we should stay with it.”

The dancer also praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for how he has been handling the war, calling him a “leader.”

The pair married in 2017 and have a son.
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“I think that guy is showing exactly why a majority of human beings in that country chose him to be their leader,” he said. “[He’s] an amazing example of somebody stepping up to the plate and, for once, actually doing their job even though they may not be a career politician.”

The couple married in July 2017 after dating on and off for six years.