Ukrainian refugee whose partner dumped wife to be with her says she 'didn't steal him'

25 June 2022, 19:51 | Updated: 25 June 2022, 22:37

The Ukrainian IT manager hit back at critics
The Ukrainian IT manager hit back at critics. Picture: Instagram @sonya_dobrvlsk

By Will Taylor

A Ukrainian refugee who began a relationship with a British man which led to him leaving his wife for her says she "did not steal anyone".

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Sofiia Karkadym escaped Lviv among thousands of her fellow countrymen to come to live in the UK during the Russian invasion.

The 22-year-old moved in with Tony Ganett, 29, after he offered to become her sponsor on social media.

He left his then-partner, Lorna, 28, to start a new life with Ms Karkadym just over a week after she arrived in the UK.

Ms Karkadym has hit back at criticism for starting a relationship with Mr Ganett, a father of two.

Writing on her Instagram page, she said: "Finally, I decided to write a post about world-famous recent events.

"The first thing I want to say is that I did not steal anyone from the family.

"It was his conscious and considered decision, the decision of a 29-year-old man who has the right to fall in love, has the right to be happy and has the right to choose who to be with."

She went on: "The second thing I want to cover is the concept of the 'yellow press'. Do you really think that someone can be abducted from a happy family in 10 days?

"Why so much attention to my story, if it is clearly exaggerated and written in such a way as to be as dramatic as possible?

"Anthony and I are fine.

"Therefore, those who supported me from the very beginning and knew that behind any of my actions there is something real and wonderful - thank you.

"The rest - you will be disappointed in your judgements," she wrote, with a winking face sign-off.

The couple has previously spoken about how they would try to find excuses to brush past each other at home.

Read more: Father-of-two dumps partner after falling for 22-year-old Ukrainian refugee

Mr Ganett said he had just wanted to do the right thing by letting Sofiia live with them as she fled Russia's attack.

He apologised for what happened but felt strongly about his relationship with the Ukrainian IT manager.

He previously told The Sun: "It began with a simple desire from me to do the right thing and put a roof over the head of someone in need, a man or woman.

"We're sorry for the pain we've caused but I've discovered a connection with Sofiia like I’ve never had before."

Mrs Garnett told The Sun previously that she believed Ms Karkadym "set her sights" on her husband "from the start… she wanted him and she took him".

"She didn't care about the devastation that was left behind. Everything I knew has been turned on its head in the space of two weeks."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Police have released CCTV of a man they want to speak to.

Manhunt launched after girl, 7, 'abducted and taken into woods'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are believed to be 'trying to create an alternative woke royal family'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are 'trying to create an alternative woke royal family', royal biographer claims

Flash flooding has hit London

Thunderstorms cause travel chaos as two major London train stations are hit by flash flooding

Exclusive
Nationalising energy firms will leave Brits 'paying off' shareholders, says Starmer

Nationalising energy firms will leave Brits 'paying off' shareholders, says Starmer

Exclusive
Keir Starmer has backed workers struggling due to the cost of living crisis

Keir Starmer insists he is 'absolutely' behind workers as more strikes loom amid cost of living crisis

Cristiano Ronaldo has been cautioned by police

Cristiano Ronaldo cautioned by police after smashing phone out of autistic boy's hand

Mr Giggs denies assaulting his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville

'The worst experience of my life': Ryan Giggs weeps in court as he recalls spending night in cells

A man was killed in Poland Street on Monday

Man, 60, charged with murder after fatal stabbing near Oxford Street

Police and forensics officers at the scene of the shooting in Toxteth

Man dies after Liverpool shooting as police hunt suspects on e-bikes

Sewage discharge alerts have been issued for many of the UK's beaches

Sewage alerts issued for almost 50 beaches in England and Wales

Mr Chail is accused under the Treason Act

'I'm here to kill the Queen', crossbow-armed man accused of treason told guards at Windsor Castle, court hears

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Southwark this morning

Firefighters tackle huge blaze in Southwark railway arches with train services 'severely disrupted'

Flooding has broken out in London

Flash floods break out in London amid amber warning of flooding, power cuts and lightning strikes

Matt Forde complained about a baby at his show

Comedian sparks row after complaining about crying baby 'derailing' Edinburgh Fringe show

Thomas O’Halloran, 87, has been named as the victim in the stabbing in Greenford in west London. Police issued CCTV of a suspect today

Hunt for suspect seen 'fleeing with knife' after grandfather, 87, stabbed to death riding mobility scooter

Natasha Henstridge has paid tribute to her ex-husband

'No words... only love': Darius Danesh's ex-wife shares tribute after his shock death at 41