Soldiers from the Royal Logistic Corps and the Royal Tank Regiment removed a contaminated vehicle from the Accident and Emergency entrance at Salisbury Hospital in Wiltshire on Operation MORLOP, in response to a request from the police.
180 military experts in chemical warfare defence and decontamination, as well as 18 vehicles, were deployed to assist the Metropolitan Police “to remove a number of vehicles and objects from the scene” and look for any further traces of A nerve agent.
The personnel were drawn mostly from the Army, including instructors from the Defence CBRN Centre and the 29 Explosive Ordnance Group, as well as from the Royal Marines and RAF.
On the 4th of March 2018, Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who was visiting from Moscow, were poisoned with a nerve agent. As of today, they remain in a critical condition at Salisbury District Hospital. The poisoning is being investigated as an attempted murder.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that the use of a nerve agent on UK soil was a “brazen and reckless act” of attempted murder “in the most cruel and public way”.
Tom Tugendhat, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons, said that the evidence indicated that the Russian government ordered the attempted murder, citing similarities to the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and prior threats against Skripal’s life.
Security expert at the Institute of International Relations Prague Mark Galeotti, assuming the poison attack was engineered by Moscow, said such act would violate the unwritten rules whereby exchanged agents would enjoy immunity and therefore surmised that Moscow might have thought that Skripal “was back in the game — working for British intelligence or another intelligence agency.”