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UK Deploys Military In Russia Spy Attack Probe UK Police guard the scene where a forensic tent was setup to investigate the site
Melissa Porter | 09 March, 2018, 19:52

Only three - Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia and a police officer - remain in hospital. The police officer, Sgt. Nick Bailey, is in serious condition, though he has been conscious and able to talk. Officials did not immediately explain how the others might have been exposed to the substance. The official cautioned that the investigation into the attack in Salisbury, southern England, was still in its early stages.

Mr Pritchard said that of the new total, "a number" of them got hospital treatment including blood tests, support and advice.

A police officer who responded at the scene is also in serious condition and is being treated in intensive care. They believe the pair were deliberately targeted.

In Parliament, several lawmakers defied interior minister Amber Rudd's plea to avoid speculation about who was responsible for the "brazen and reckless act".

Ms Rudd has refused to speculate on whether the Russian state might have been involved in the attack, saying the police investigation should be based on "facts, not rumour".

But proving Russian government involvement is another matter.

'Military assistance will continue as necessary during this investigation'.

The also sealed off the grave of Skripal's wife, Liudmila, who died in 2012 from cancer, as well as the memorial stone of his son, Alexander, who was cremated a year ago after reportedly dying of liver problems.

It was found that they had been poisoned with a rare nerve agent, the name of which has yet to be disclosed by the police. They called on anyone who visited the area on Sunday, including a branch of the Zizzi restaurant chain or the nearby Bishop's Mill pub, to come forward with any information that might help them piece together what happened.

Russian exile Valery Morozov told Sky News Mr Skripal had been in contact with the Russia and visited its London embassy once a month.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson floated the idea of deepening sanctions against Russian officials, but Britain would have to persuade its global partners.

Former Russian military security colonel Mr Skripal, 66, was convicted by the Russian government of passing secrets to MI6, but given refuge in the United Kingdom in 2010 as part of a "spy swap".

And the circumstances of the death of Russian oligarch Mr Berezovsky, found dead with a ligature wound to his neck in March 2013, remained uncertain after a coroner recorded an open verdict in March 2014. Ebru Ozturk said she made sure to stock the food he liked, particularly smoked bacon and Polish salami.

"He is (a) regular customer, he is so kind and he seems to me an educated person".

Former Army Sergeant and MP Bob Seely, who sits on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said it was "very likely the Russians" and they are "fighting a new Cold War against us".

Nerve agent is very hard to manufacture and is usually held only by governments in secured military storage. Exposure to potent doses can result in death. Another nerve agent, VX, was used to kill Kim Jong Nam, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Kuala Lumpur worldwide airport in February 2017.

Those branded enemies of the Russian state have sometimes died mysteriously overseas, and the Skripal case echoes the death of Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian agent who was poisoned in London in 2006 with radioactive polonium-210.

A public inquiry found that Russia was responsible for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, and that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved it.