Of canines, Ukraine, and cricket
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟭𝟮 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯.
Former cricketer, Kobus Olivier, moved to Ukraine to build a better life. Living with four dogs, he worked as a teacher and a cricket coach. Then, on the 24th of February last year, Russia launched its invasion, signalling the start of a devastating war that shows no sign of ending. Kobus held out for as long as he could, barricading himself and his beloved pets into a cramped Kyiv apartment. But the Russian advance from the east was violent and, in the early stages, seemingly inevitable. At the urging of close friends, many of them former cricketers, Kobus decided to flee. Carte Blanche catches up with this most resilient of South Africans as he contemplates freedom from his new base in Croatia and relives those terrifying weeks running a deadly gauntlet to safety.
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