The unlikely duo allied to help bring awareness to Russia’s ongoing war with Ukraine and its devastating impact on its people. They chose to do so on the country’s Day of Unity to push the worthy cause and rally more support for the people suffering from the unrest in New York City with a beautiful symbol.
Bethenny Frankel And Maks Chmerkovskiy Mark Day Of Unity In Honor Of Ukraine
The former “Real Housewife” and the “Dancing With the Stars” pro have been quite vocal in their support of the nation that has been under attack and has taken several philanthropic steps to get aid across to them in their times of need.
Recently, they came together again to remind Americans about the sad situation in his home state via social media. Taking to Instagram, the 52-year-old posted a picture of herself and the choreographer standing in a field of sunflowers. The caption read:
“Honoring Ukraine’s Day of Unity with @maksimc at Flatiron Plaza NYC where 335 sunflowers have been planted, each representing every day Russia has occupied Ukraine. Sunflowers symbolize peace, happiness, and hope….”
The TV personality went on to plead with her followers to join in by posting a meme or picture of the symbolic flower to show solidarity with the country “a year into their struggle.” While some responded with support of the message, others pointed out suspicions that billions of American tax money were going to the war-torn country, but there was no accurate report of what it was used for.
Like this user who noted, “I’ll post sunflowers all day long, but I prefer not to send over millions a month with no accountability or transparency on how our money is being spent. It’s insane. 🤬🌻.” Another person wrote, “Plenty of American tax money for Ukraine…but cutting people’s pensions off….Come on, Bethenny.”
The entrepreneur, however, paid the naysayers no mind as she updated her fans in her Instagram story that she was going to meet up with the 43-year-old pro dancer in New York City. She educated them on the meaning behind the flowers and asked them to post memes by “@unifyukrainecampaign.org” to show awareness about the raging war. She stated emphatically, saying:
“Not interested in getting political with you, a war does still rage on, and human lives are human lives, and that’s how I feel, and I said what I said. Have a great day.”
In the following clip, she noted that Maks flew in to meet her to talk about the heartbreak he was going through, thinking about “his beloved family and country who suffer to this day.”
The last video showed the reality TV star at the venue squatting beside the sunflowers as she wrote, “Join me in posting a photo or meme of a sunflower today to show support of Ukraine’s Day of Unity. #UnifyUkraine #StandwithUkraine #sponsored.”
‘Dancing With The Stars’ Pro Posts Clips From War-Torn Country Ukraine
While he might be known as a professional dancer, lately, the star has put that aside to fight for a greater cause – his country. The Blast shared that since Russia has invaded parts of Europe, Ukraine’s forces held firm by keeping the enemies off key cities and slowing their advance. In March last year, Maks posted photos and video of the destruction in Kharkiv.
The first slide was a clip featuring angry Ukrainians chasing after a black SUV that tore through the mob that ended in someone being thrown on the pavement. The rest of the slides displayed a burnt car and buildings in disarray. In the caption, he wrote:
“WAR. Kharkiv has been destroyed by shelling for the last few days. Most hit residential areas and there are reports of many civilian casualties.”
Later, The Blast reported that the father-of-one headed back to Poland to support refugees escaping after a brief stopover in Los Angeles to see his family. The Ukrainian-born dancer posted a video on Instagram from Poland, where he updated fans on his journey, amongst other things.
He explained that he was partnering with his brother and father to create practical opportunities to help the cause by starting a charity organization called “Baranova 27” and a GoFundMe page. He disclosed that apart from raising funds, he would also be engaged in groundwork by helping to distribute aid.