The daughter of a former Russian spy, Yulia Skripal, has been discharged from a British hospital almost five weeks after her and her father were targeted and poisoned with a nerve agent in the United Kingdom.
Sergei and Yulia Skirpal were believed to have been enjoying their time in Salisbury, Wiltshire on a park bench, when it was believed a third-party had poisoned them with a nerve agent called Novichok.
Medical director of Salisbury District Hospital Christine Blanshard told reporters outside of the British hospital that Novichok nerve agents attach “themselves to the particular enzymes in the body, which then stop the nerves from functioning.” Doctors say that they are astounded that both Sergei and Yulia survived the attack.
British government officials are pointing fingers at Russia for responsibility for the attack. Russia denies any involvement in the attack and blames the British government for curating a “fake story.” The Russian Embassy based out of the United Kingdom released a tweet wishing their good wishes for the release of Yulia.
We congratulate Yulia Skripal on her recovery. Yet we need urgent proof that what is being done to her is done on her own free will.
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) April 10, 2018
Once released from the hospital, Yulia was sent to a secure, undisclosable location within the United Kingdom.
The Canadian government, alongside other countries, have expelled all of the Russian agents and have been sent back to Russia.