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Strictly star Pasha Kovalev ‘cannot comprehend’ Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine: ‘Most Russian people I know are definitely against war’

Strictly Come Dancing star Pasha Kovalev has expressed his sadness over the war currently raging between Russia and Ukraine, saying that he ‘cannot comprehend’ the conflict.

One month since Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces to cross the border into Ukraine, thousands of civilians have been killed with millions being evacuated from the country.

Today, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky called for worldwide protests ‘in the name of peace’ to stand with the nation, in a video filmed near the presidential offices of Kyiv.

During an appearance on Lorraine, Russian professional dancer Pasha – who joined Strictly in 2011 before leaving seven years later – explained how his family heritage goes back generations in Ukraine.

The 42-year-old, who is married to Countdown mathematics whizz Rachel Riley, told Lorraine Kelly: ‘It was difficult to comprehend this whole situation, I have Russian roots but my family goes back to Ukraine long, long generations ago.

‘I cannot even comprehend how those two nations can be in war.’

The professional dancer said the war ‘shouldn’t be happening (Picture: ITV)

Pasha added that of the Russian people he has spoken to, he has found that the majority do not support Putin’s attack on Ukraine.

‘Most Russian people I know they are definitely against war and war against Ukraine, it’s not even a question. It shouldn’t be happening,’ he said.

Pasha and Rachel were partnered together on Strictly in 2013 (Picture: BBC)

On Sunday March 27, Pasha is taking part in a charity concert called Rise Up For The Arts – which he co-founded – with money being donated to Save The Children to benefit Ukrainian families.

The Latin and ballroom dancer explained that he is donating funds from the concert to the charity, with the event originally having been organised to fundraise for theatre-related organisations.

‘It’s so important to use your talent and dancing and art, is something I’ve been doing all my life, to make a difference in the world,’ he said.

‘Especially when the Ukraine situation started, we thought we cannot pass it and not say anything.’

Rise Up For The Arts will feature performances from stars including Adam Lambert, James Morrison, Strictly dancer Nikita Kuzmin, Hamilton star Rachel John and a variety of other artists.

Lorraine airs weekdays from 9am on ITV.


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