Brit who dumped Mrs for blonde Ukrainian refugee invites another into new home

A bloke who left his wife for a Ukrainian refugee 10 days after she moved in has now invited two more to move into his new pad.

Tony Garnett, 29, called time on his relationship with Lorna Garnett, 28, his partner of 10 years, a week and a half after Sofiia Karkadym, 22, moved in.

Now the father of two has invited another refugee and her boyfriend to share the space the unlikely couple have carved out for themselves.

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Sofiia Rastorhuieva and Illia Tronevych have joined the new couple in their rental home in Bradford in West Yorkshire.

Tony and Sofiia saw an advert online from Illia and Sofiia who were looking for a place to stay after arriving in the UK on June 23.

Ms Rastorhuieva, 19, and her boyfriend Mr Tronevych, 18, had been living with another family in the same city, but after that didn't work out they went on the lookout for a new place to call home. They put an appeal out on Facebook and luckily their plan worked.

“I am glad that Tony and Sofiia have come to help us. We were very unhappy at that place,” Ms Rastorhuiev told theMailOnline.

She says that the young couple got in trouble for letting the cats escape after they left doors open to try and keep cool in hot conditions. She says they were not allowed to even open the windows.

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Ms Rastorhuiev also said that at their previous place, she and Illia only had a small amount of space and an uncomfortable sofa bed to sleep on.

She also claimed that they had to do the washing for their hosts and keep the place clean.

“We had nowhere to go. We are refugees from Ukraine. My hometown is Kremenchuk the same place where the Russians bombed a mall and killed many people last month," said Ms Rastorhuiev.

“It is very dangerous there. We knew the Russians were close and our parents asked us to leave for our safety. Illia and I went to Warsaw and then we came here at Leeds Bradford Airport.”

For the young couple though, arriving in the UK wasn’t the end of the tough times, admitting that things had been difficult for them since arriving.

Despite being optimistic about their future in the UK, they said that things here just didn’t work out to start with.

But they explained that even if things got hard, the decision to stay was still an easy one for fear of death if they headed back to Ukraine, saying “we wanted to stay because we could be killed if we go back”.

Barista Illia agreed with his girlfriend. He said: "We need some comfort and we also need some understanding right now. It was a very nice thing for Tony and Sofiia to do to invite us into their home.”

Tony, a former security guard, is now unemployed but has vowed to marry Sofiia. He says that, with her, it was love at first sight.

When he left Lorna and their two children he received a stream of abuse online, but he insists that their relationship was already on the rocks and instead the two were “living as brother and sister”.

“Since Sofiia arrived I have managed to smile a lot and be happy again. I'm going to make her my wife," said Tony.

“I am in love with my lady and to those who write crap about me I say 'what are you doing for Ukraine?'”


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