February 25, 2022 | 9:10pm
Hayden Panettiere’s daughter Kaya is not in Ukraine with her dad Wladimir Klitschko amid the country’s conflict with Russia.
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Hayden Panettiere says her daughter, Kaya, is safe amid the war in Ukraine and her ex Wladimir Klitschko’s vow to enter the conflict.
Per E!, when asked on Instagram Friday about the “Heroes” actress’ 7-year-old — who usually lives with Klitschko in his native Ukraine — Panettiere replied in the comments, “She’s safe and not in the Ukraine.” (Most individuals and publications have eschewed the use of “the” when referring to Ukraine because of the USSR’s historical use of the article.)
On Thursday, the former heavyweight champion and his brother Vitali and his brother, Wladimir, vowed to take up arms against Russia in the larger country’s invasion of their home.
“I don’t have another choice,” Vitali, the 50-year-old mayor of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, said on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain.”
“I have to do that. I would fight.”
Meanwhile, Wladimir, 45, enlisted in Ukraine’s reserve army in the capital earlier this month amid Russia’s escalating threats to the country.
“We will defend ourselves with all our might and fight for freedom and democracy,” he wrote on LinkedIn Thursday.
“Nasvhille” actress Panettiere, 32, reposted comments Wladimir made about the conflict on Instagram to her own IG Story Friday. She also shared her own thoughts on Instagram, slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions as “an absolute disgrace.”
“I’m praying for my family and friends there and everyone who’s fighting,” she wrote.
Panettiere and the Hall of Fame boxer got engaged in 2013 and welcomed Kaya in 2014, splitting in August 2018. A rep for the actress told us in 2019 that she “regularly” sees Kaya and spends “substantial time” with her in the United States and Ukraine.