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Strictly star clarifies comments on Ukraine after backlash
Former Strictly Come Dancing pro Kristina Rihanoff has apologized for offending anyone for her tweets deemed insensitive amid Russian troops stepping up attacks on Ukraine.
The Russian-born dancer, 44, faced backlash after posting a series of now-deleted tweets, including one that criticized Sky News reporting that Russia had been banned from Eurovision following the invasion from Ukraine.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Rihanoff said she “mocked” the report because she believed there was “much more important information” that day other than the Eurovision update. , but clarified that she did not support “Putin, war, invasion, lost lives and politics”.
Rihanoff wrote: “I laughed at Sky’s Eurovision tweet. I thought there was much more important news that day than Eurovision. It’s in whatever form I was supporting what happening right now between Russia and Ukraine.
“It’s absolutely devastating for someone like me who is a grandfather from Ukraine and I have a Ukrainian name for my daughter – Milena.
“My best friend is also from Ukraine.
“I grew up knowing that we were one nation and one country.
“I’m not into politics and I hate politicians because they all lie.
“Seeing the news breaks my heart because I have Russian friends who live in Ukraine and vice versa.”
She continued: “What is horrifying is that there are casualties on both sides and on both sides moms and dads will be crying for their lost loved ones.
“The thing is, it should never have happened, should never have happened.
“The country’s leaders should have found a way a long time ago to settle this peacefully, but they didn’t because war is a profitable business and someone unfortunately benefits from it.
“I don’t support Putin, war, invasion, lost lives and politics.
“I hate it as much as a human being can.
“If I offended anyone it was not my intention and I am deeply sorry.”
The dancer and choreographer said she was born in Russia but left the country 22 years ago and is now an American citizen.
Rihanoff added: “So you can hate me if it makes you feel better, but if I didn’t say something you wanted me to say, it’s because unfortunately I’m powerless to do anything to help. anyone in both countries and I don’t believe in useless messages that can’t help save lives.
“I can only hope and pray like everyone else that this will end soon.
“And it’s really sad that hate is so powerful everywhere you look right now.
“The whole world is burning in it.”