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A British married man and a father of two has fallen in love with a 22 Ukrainian refugee who came to live with the family following the war in Ukraine.


Mail Online reported that Tony Garnett, 29, and his partner Lorna, 28, took in Sofiia Karkadym at the start of May but 10 days later the couple’s marriage broke when the man eloped with the refugee.


Tony who works as a security guard and lives in Bradford disclosed that he has fallen in love with the Ukrainian refugee and plans to spend the rest of his life with her.


Sofiia who fled the city of Lviv in Western Ukraine stated that she “fancied” Tony as soon as she set her eyes on him.


This turn of events will cause a lot of pain to Lorna.


Tony believes that he has ‘discovered a connection with Sofiia like I’ve never had before’.


The family had hosted Sofiia in an effort to do their bit to help Ukrainians who ware freeing war in Ukraine after Russian invasion. Tony told the Sun that he ‘wanted to do the right thing’. He revealed that she was the first person to get in touched after Facebook page where he had offered to house a refugee.



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Sofiia, works as an IT manager, she flew to Manchester on May 4 after waiting for days in German for his UK visa to be approved.


Tony says that Sofiia quickly developed a connection with his two daughters but not his partners of 10 years.



‘We were getting on brilliantly but at that time it was no more than that — although I can see why Lorna started to feel jealous and resentful of her,’ Tony said.


With time, Sofiia would join Tony at the gym and they used to have conversations in his car.


‘At home I realised we were finding excuses to touch and brush against each other, it was very flirtatious but nothing more than that happened at that stage,’ he said.


‘Although it was fairly innocent it was causing arguments. I can understand that. When I got in at night Sofiia would be the one who had made a meal for me to try.’


As the two got closer and closer, Lorna, became ‘very jealous’ according to Tony. She started questioning why Sofiia was following him around at all times.


‘The atmosphere was getting really bad and Sofiia told me she didn’t know whether she could continue to live with us under these circumstances,’ he said.


‘Lorna was never that enthusiastic about having a refugee in our home because it meant the girls had to move into one room.’


Later the two women quarrelled and this left Sofiia in tears and she said that she cannot continue living with Lorna in the same house.



Tony told Lorna that “If she is going, I am going.”


The two packed their bags and left the house and moved in with Tony’s parents. Later they were looking at properties to move into.


Tony and Lorna’s relationship of 10 years ended in just 10 days. Tony says that he feels bad and Lorna is not the one to blame.


‘I am so sorry for what Lorna is going through, this was not her fault and it was not about anything she did wrong.’


‘We never set out to do this, it wasn’t planned and we didn’t mean to hurt anyone.’


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