Yulia Skripal discharged from hospital after Salisbury attack, reports say

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Release comes just over a month after she and her father were poisoned by nerve agent in Salisbury

Jamie Grierson

Yulia Skripal, the daughter of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, has been discharged from hospital, according to reports.

Just over one month after the pair were found collapsed on a park bench in Salisbury in Wiltshire after being poisoned with a nerve agent, the BBC reported that Skripal had left Salisbury district hospital.

Skripal, 33, flew to the UK on 3 March, the day before she and her father are believed to have been poisoned bya novichok nerve agent. She released a statement on Friday to say her strength was “growing daily”.

The BBC reported on Tuesday morning that Skripal had been taken to a secure location, though a hospital spokesman declined to comment on the reports.

Christine Blanshard, the hospital’s deputy chief executive, and Lorna Wilkinson, the director of nursing, are to make a statement later on Tuesday morning.

Following Yulia Skripal’s statement on Friday, Blanshard provided an update on the condition of her father, saying he was “responding well to treatment, improving rapidly and is no longer in a critical condition”.

The testimony of the Skripals will be crucial in establishing the credibility of the government’s claim that it was “highly likely” the Russian state targeted them with the nerve agent. Moscow has waged a furious media battle in an attempt to discredit this account and will probably want to bring Yulia Skripal back to Russia.

 

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