Ukraine invasion: Woman devastated after partner leaves family for Ukrainian refugee they housed

A dad of two in Bradford, England, has left his partner shattered after leaving her and their two children to be with a Ukrainian refugee.

Security guard Tony Garnett offered to house a Ukrainian refugee to help out those trying to flee the war-torn country.

Garnett, who worked at a National Health Service (NHS) drop-in clinic, was introduced to Ukrainian refugee Sofiia Karkadym on Facebook and offered to help sponsor her from the UK, The Sun reported.

Karkadym fled the city of Lviv to Berlin, before flying to Manchester on May 4, to live with Garnett his partner and their two young daughters.

The Sun reported that Karkadym and Garnett hit it off instantly, going to the gym together and watching television after Garnett's partner went to bed.

"As soon as I saw him I fancied him," Karkadym told The Sun.

Sofiia Karkadym  is a Ukrainian refugee.
Sofiia Karkadym is a Ukrainian refugee. Photo credit: Sofiia Karkadym Instagram

Lorna, Garnett's partner, did not like how close they were getting and after just ten days of Karkadym moving in, Lorna asked her to move out.

Garnett left with Karkadym and they moved into his parents' place, The Sun reported.

"She set her sights on Anthony from the start, decided she wanted him and she took him," Lorna told The Sun.

"She didn’t care about the devastation that was left behind

 The 22-year-old refugee told The Sun it’s a true love story.

"It's been very quick but this is our love story. I know people will think badly of me but it happens. I could see how unhappy Tony was." 

Garnett left his partner and their two daughters, a six-year-old and a three-year-old, to be with Karkadym.

He told the Sun, "I know people will think this has happened so fast, but Sofiia and I know this is right."

Lorna could not wrap her head around why the man she was with was leaving her.

"I just don’t understand how he could throw all that away for a woman he’s known for a fortnight. The life I knew is shattered."