Ukrainian musician joins army as he stays and fights amid Russian invasion: ‘No time to play guitar’

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A Ukrainian musician trades his microphone for military fatigues and an assault rifle as he helps the country thwart Russian insurgents.

Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox was seen in social media images and videos donning his new outfit and carrying a gun instead of a guitar amid the deadly Russian invasion.

“Musicians are peacemakers,” Khlyvnyuk, 42, told Euronews recently, but “now is not the time to play the guitar. It’s time to take up the guns.”

“They bombarded us,” added the musician who has in the meantime entrusted his children to his grandmother.

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Ukrainian musician Andriy Khlyvnyuk, wearing the New York Yankees cap, joins the fight against the Russian invasion.
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However, Khlyvnyuk is still using his musical powers for good and on Monday the 42-year-old was seen in social media pictures outside a church, delivering an inspirational performance designed to motivate and lift the spirits of those struggling in class.

The image shows Khlyvnyuk dressed in military attire, a New York Yankees cap and a rifle slung over his shoulder.

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On Sunday, Khlyvniuk echoed a similar sentiment on his decision to stay in the fight, telling Rolling Stone that he believes Ukraine is well equipped to handle any surge by Russian troops.

“We don’t need anything,” he said. “They are the ones who need us. The West and Ukraine claim to adhere to the same principles: equal rights for all, rule of law, right to choose, human rights first, not the animal kingdom of stronger, but morality and intellect.”

“They need us as a shield to protect everything,” Khlyvniuk said.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy revealed he had arrived safely in Poland after fleeing his native Ukraine.

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The professional dancer posted to his Instagram Story on Tuesday morning, writing, “I’m in Poland.”

In a second message, Chmerkovskiy revealed that he hadn’t slept for 31 hours. As he crossed the Polish border by train, the 42-year-old said he was still an hour and a half away from his destination.

‘Dancing with the Stars’ alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy has revealed he made it to Poland safely after fleeing his native Ukraine.
(Maksim Chmerkovskiy/GENYA SAVILOV/AFP via Getty Images)

The star’s latest update follows several others he has shared with fans via social media since first revealing last week that he was in Kyiv when the invasion of the Russia started.

“The situation at the station is insane. At first it seems manageable, but it gets MUCH worse when it comes time to get on the train. Long story but all I can say now is I’m a big man with nothing but a backpack, it’s TRAUMATIC,” he said in an Instagram Live on Tuesday.

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Chmerkovskiy described the capacity of the train’s “wagon” as normally 30 people, but claimed they were told the “wagon” should hold 135 people.

“The walkways are crowded,” he revealed. “People everywhere. It’s sweaty and claustrophobic.”

When investigating the invaders, the dancing pro insisted that “the Russian army can’t even lose a boxing match without cheating”.

Russia launched its attack on Ukraine last week.

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Russian strikes pounded the central square of Ukraine’s second-largest city and other civilian sites on Tuesday in what the country’s president condemned as a blatant campaign of terror by Moscow.

Fox News’ Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.

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