Nikita Kuzmin is reunited with his grandma in Poland after she escapes war in Ukraine

Strictly’s Nikita Kuzmin was reunited with his grandma in Poland on Friday after she escaped the war in Ukraine. 

The dancer, 24, took to Instagram to share a slew of snaps and explained how his grandma had walked more than five miles (eight kilometres) in the freezing cold and hadn’t slept for two nights. 

He drove from Frankfurt, while his mum flew from Rome, and the family were reunited in Krakow.  

 

Reunited: Strictly's Nikita Kuzmin was reunited with his grandma in Poland on Friday after she escaped the war in Ukraine

Reunited: Strictly’s Nikita Kuzmin was reunited with his grandma in Poland on Friday after she escaped the war in Ukraine

Unfortunately, his aunt and other grandparents remain in Kiev. 

He wrote: ‘REUNITED picked up my grandma from Poland! She is so incredibly brave & strong, 2 nights without sleeping, walking 8km+ in the freezing cold, when on a normal day, she can barely walk!

‘She traveled from Kiev, my mom flew from Rome and i drove from Frankfurt and we all reunited in Krakow! Just so happy to be together.’

Nikita continued: ‘When I was waiting for my mom and grandma at the train station, i’ve been immersed in this situation for the first time in real life. 

Great escape: The dancer, 24, took to Instagram to share a slew of snaps and explained how his grandma had walked more than 8km in the freezing cold and hadn't slept for two nights

Great escape: The dancer, 24, took to Instagram to share a slew of snaps and explained how his grandma had walked more than 8km in the freezing cold and hadn’t slept for two nights

‘Although I know I should have been happy for my family, I couldn’t. Just had tears on my eyes, because of how sad the situation is. How many thousands of kids and women doing their absolute best to stay strong.

‘I’ve seen people arriving from the border, people waiting for the next train to go somewhere, anywhere in hope that somehow things would be ok, people not knowing what to do, since all what they have known as home, it’s not there anymore.’

He concluded: ‘So many emotions, but here is a small part of today.’

Family: He drove from Frankfurt, while his mum flew from Rome, and the family were reunited in Krakow

 Family: He drove from Frankfurt, while his mum flew from Rome, and the family were reunited in Krakow

It comes after Nikita shared how his family in Ukraine check on each other every morning due to ‘heartbreaking’ war with Russia that continues to rage on.  

He 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’.

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.’ 

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

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.

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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