Strictly’s Motsi Mabuse ‘heartbroken’ as family stranded in Ukraine ‘afraid and crying’

Motsi Mabuse has been left feeling heartbroken as her family is stranded in war-torn Ukraine.

The 40 year old, who is married to Ukranian dancer Evgenij Voznyuk, took to Twitter to share how her mother-in-law is has been in floods of tears over the phone to them since Russia invaded her country on Thursday 24 February.

The Strictly Come Dancing judge explained that she felt helpless as there's "absolutely nothing we can do" in the situation.

Taking to her Twitter page to share a number of distressing messages to her 72,200 followers, she first wrote: "This cannot be happening!!!!!!!!!!!"

Motsi followed this up by explaining: "It’s heartbreaking hearing my mother in law crying this morning , afraid and there absolutely nothing we can do [crying emoji]! Just Sad honestly," alongside a red heart emoji.

She continued: "There is not but in this situation !!!!"

The TV personality went on to share: "Our parents have been told to go outside and to switch off water &gas ! They have no possibility to get to the polish border #Ukraine".

Worried fans flocked to the comments as one person wrote: "Thinking of you and your parents [red heart emoji] I’ll never understand why the human race cannot live together in peace and harmony".

Another shared: "I feel so sorry for you , Oti and your larger family unit . I pray they will stay safe . We r thinking of u all . Stay strong and stay safe," with several praying hands emojis.

While a third added: "I’m very sorry to hear about the turmoil your parents are in. Send my thoughts to both you and Oti. #Ukraine," followed by a star emoji.

Meanwhile, Strictly professional Nadiya Bychkova, who is Ukrainian and Slovenian, took to Instagram to say she was praying for her country.

The 32 year old shared a single praying emoji on her Instagram Stories earlier this morning.

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Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy gave his Instagram followers an update of the situation unfolding in Ukraine.

Standing on a balcony in Kyiv, Maksim said: "I'm uneasy, I'm very scared … but I do know, at the very least, I have a chance. I have a passport and a way out. A lot of people here do not, and it's f***ing nonsense."

Continuing on the verge of tears, the 42 year old added: "You know me — I stay strong, and I don't show it. But I want to go back home. And I realize that I have the way to — I realize that I have a different passport, and my family is far away."

Discussing his love for his country Ukraine, he continued: "I have [had] a f**king incredible pleasure to spend, on the ground, about six months now, and I've fallen back in love — I never fell out of love, but I know now who these people are. I know who this country is, what it represents, what it stands for.

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"And it's completely not what is being portrayed to the Russian people in order to justify this invasion."

Russian president Vladimir Putin, 69, authorised what he called a “special military operation” to “demilitarise and denazify” its neighbours.

The attack was launched in the early hours of yesterday morning, with Russian troops crossing the border into Ukraine and missiles being launched at airports and military bases.

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