The chemical weapon used to poison ex-Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was delivered “in a liquid form,” according to the Department for Environment.
The department said that one primary location was targeted by their attackers – the Skripal’s Salisbury home. The London Road cemetery, where the remains of the former Russian spy’s wife and son are buried, was not targeted.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has detailed efforts being made to decontaminate areas of Salisbury where the chemical agent has been found, as well as more details on the poison itself. The clean-up operation is expected to take months.
DEFRA has reported that nine sites in total require cleaning, including ambulance stations, the Skripal home, and various locations across the city center including the Mill Pub and Zizzi restaurant, where the Skripals visited shortly before they were discovered in a catatonic state.
Sergei and Yulia were discovered slumped on a bench at the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury on March 4, after they were poisoned with A-234 nerve agent, also known as Novichok. The father and daughter were left in a serious, life-threatening condition in the weeks that followed.
Yulia, 33, was discharged from hospital earlier this month. Sergei, 66, is taking longer to recover but is understood to be awake and rapidly improving.
The UK government has pointed the finger at Russia over the Salisbury incident, a claim which Moscow has adamantly denied.
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