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Rusky business DWTS pro Denys Samson fears Russia is tracking texts with mum in Ukraine

They’re 30km from Odessa, it’s a village in the countryside. I was born there and lived there all my life. They can hear all the bombs, all the shooting, all the guards. I’m really nervous about it."

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Erica Cody with Denys Samson

Erica Cody with Denys Samson

Erica Cody with Denys Samson

Denys Samson has said that his family in Ukraine are “really worried” for their lives as the Russian invasion continues.

The Dancing With The Stars pro, who has been competing in the RTÉ show with singer Erica Cody this season, was born near Odessa in Ukraine.

Speaking on Claire Byrne Live on Monday night, Denys explained that he’s in contact with his mum every day but they only send “very simple” messages to check in for fear that they are being monitored by Russians.

“It’s my mum there. My family, my friends, my aunty are still there, still suffering,” the dancer explained.

“They’re 30km from Odessa, it’s a village in the countryside. I was born there and lived there all my life. They can hear all the bombs, all the shooting, all the guards. I’m really nervous about it.

“I really want to take them out of this situation and what’s going on. They’re really scared and they’re really worried about their lives.”

Denys said that his mum wants him to stay in Ireland instead of travelling back to Ukraine because he will be forced to fight in the war if he goes home.

“My mum wants me to stay here because if I go back to Ukraine, they won’t let me out. They will give me a gun and say, ‘Denys, let’s go.’

“It’s not an easy time for all the people in Ukraine. They just want peace. We have our culture, we have our language but [Russia] want to take everything from us.

“I try to stay positive. Of course, I have hope. I look at those brave people. They are still positive; they are still smiling. We will not give up.

The 32-year-old said that the support from Irish people, from the crew on Dancing With The Stars to social media followers, has been “unbelievable.”

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“I have great support from my amazing partner, Erica Cody, who supports me 24/7 and the Dancing With The Stars team, the producers, the crew. They’re unbelievable people.

“The whole of Ireland and Dublin, the amount of messages I get on Instagram. It’s unbelievable. I really appreciate it,” he said.

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