‘DWTS’ star Maksim Chmerkovskiy and painter Davood Roostaei use art to rebuild Ukrainian lives

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New York Daily News

First, Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced with the stars, entertaining millions. Now he and painter Davood Roostaei are using their art to save lives and support Ukrainians affected by the Russian invasion. Chmerkovskiy was working on “World of Dance” in Ukraine on Feb. 24 when he, like millions of others in Ukraine, was blasted awake. “It was 5 a.m. when I was woken up by all that insanity that broke out,” the former “Dancing With the Stars” pro champion told the Daily News. He was briefly detained, an eye-opener. “They searched my documents, and I realized what it is to be in the middle of war,” Chm…

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