Ticket change in Tehran saves Ukrainian’s life

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Andrey Buzarov, Ukrainian political analyst, stands during an interview with the Associated Press in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Buzarov was in Iran’s capital for an international conference and planned to head home aboard the downed Ukrainian passenger plane, but then chose to stay one more day to see the city’s sights. The decision saved his life. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

(AP) – A Ukrainian political analyst who was visiting Iran’s capital decided to stay another day for sightseeing.

The decision saved his life. His original plan would have put him on the flight that Iran shot down by mistake last week.

Once he heard of the catastrophe, he scrambled to figure out a way to tell his mother he was still alive.

Andrey Buzarov told The Associated Press on Sunday that he struggled to contact her, because even though she uses Facebook, the site is blocked in Iran.

He eventually got a message out, he said, “and then she calmed down.” Buzarov was able to return to Ukraine on Friday.

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