Dancing with the Stars contestant Denys Samson has revealed the daily torments he endures as his family grapples with constant attacks from Russia in his native Ukraine.
he’s a professional dancer, paired with singer Erica Cody on the reality TV show RTE ballroom dance, born and raised near Odessa – now thought to be the next for the constant bombardment of Russia.
He said his family, including his mother, are living in constant fear as the Russian attack intensifies and Odessa civilians are lining up beaches with sandbags to prevent further attacks. what they feared would be an invasion of the southern port city of Ukraine.
Speaking on RTE One’s Claire Byrne Live last night, he revealed how he communicates with his mother daily on WhatsApp to make sure she’s okay.
But their conversations through the messaging app were brief and to the point of needing protection from any adversaries spying on their calls, he said.
“This is not an easy time (for them). They can still hear the explosion,” he said.
He wants to return to his hometown to help support his family, he said his mother wants him to stay in Ireland “because if I come back they won’t let me out”, he said of the government order Ukraine. The law required all men between the ages of 18 and 60 to stay and fight.
“They’ll give me a gun,” he said.
He said he would love to get his family to safety in Ireland but cannot right now due to the dangerous situation there for anyone traveling in the country.
But in the meantime, he says he tries to keep hope alive and is incredibly proud of his countrymen for standing up to Putin and the Russian aggressors.
“I try to stay optimistic. Of course I have hope. I look at those brave people. They are still optimistic, they are still smiling,” he said.
He also said he was very proud of Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy for his bravery and leadership during the invasion.
Ironically, he was also the winner of the Ukrainian version of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in his previous career as an actor and comedian, he added.
“He was unbelievable,” he said.
“He’s a real man who really loves his country.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/dwts-contestant-denys-samson-reveals-daily-torment-over-family-stuck-in-ukraine-41447618.html RTE’s Dancing with the Stars contestant Denys Samson reveals her daily torment about family stuck in Ukraine