Ukrainian refugee who ‘broke up’ couple’s marriage says parents are ‘ashamed’

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A Ukrainian refugee who allegedly broke up the marriage of a Brit couple that took her in has said her parents are "ashamed" of her.

Sofiia Karkadym, 22, moved in with Tony Garnett, 29, and his wife Lorna, 28 after they offered to sponsor her stay in the UK, but the trio have become part of a bitter love triangle.

Ten days after she moved into the Garnett residence, Lorna had accused Sofiia, an IT worker of setting her sights on her husband.

Sofiia packed her bags but Lorna was left heartbroken after her husband left with the Ukrainian refugee, who had fled Lviv and crossed to Poland during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Sofiia has now claimed that her family have disowned her for her actions, saying: "My parents said they were ashamed and cannot even go outside because of me.

"They say that because of me nobody in the UK will take in Ukrainians. Every UK family will now think ‘I can’t take in a refugee because she will take my husband from me’. It’s more than about me, Tony and Lorna.

"It’s deeper. It’s about everything, about the war, refugees, helping people, everything. In my country, it is important for refugees to get the help they need and this has done the opposite."

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The 22-year-old, speaking to The Sun, said: "You cannot understand what I feel. It’s your country, you have your family here, you have everything here.

"And now I have people writing to me saying I’m a horrible person, that I did a bad thing for my country. Everyone in the UK is thinking the same thing because I take man from the family­­­ — ­but all of this is lies.

"I am not a homewrecker. That’s b*****t. I never thought or planned to go into their home and take Tony from Lorna. As far as I’m concerned they destroyed their relationship long before I arrived.

"Their relationship was at fault. None of this is my work.

“It was my decision to leave when I did and Tony decided to come with me."

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Tony, who works in an NHS drop-in centre, said: "Every day I was coming home from work and thinking ‘F***ing hell, what now? Don’t get me wrong, we were attracted to each other but we knew the boundaries.

"Nothing developed until after, when Sofiia left the house. I know it sounds s*** what has gone on but you deal with the cards you’ve been dealt.

"To me the cards I got…it was a no brainer. I’d rather be on my arse now and happy. I know I’ve done the right thing."

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