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"After 20 days in a coma, I woke to the news that we may have been poisoned," Yulia Skripal told Reuters in an interview published today, more than two months since she and her father were attacked with a nerve agent in Salisbury, England.
"I still find it difficult to come to terms with the fact that both of us were attacked in a such a way. The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking."
British authorities have said Russia was responsible for the poisoning that left Skripal, 33, and her father Sergei, 66, in critical condition.Dylan Martinez/ReutersYulia Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury along with her father, Russian spy Sergei Skripal, speaks to Reuters in London, on May 23, 2018.
"We are so lucky to have both survived this attempted assassination," Skripal said.
She had previously issued a written statement but had not granted any interviews with reporters.
"I was discharged from hospital on April 9th and continue to progress with treatment but my life has been turned upside down," Skripal said in the interview. "As I try to come to terms with the devastating changes thrust upon me both physically and emotionally, I take one day at a time and want to help care for my father until his full recovery."Dylan Martinez/ReutersYulia Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury along with her father, Russian spy Sergei Skripal, speaks to Reuters in London, on May 23, 2018.
She said she hoped to return to Russia but she said she did not want Russian consular help.
"I'm grateful for the offers of assistance from the Russian Embassy but at the moment I do not wish to avail myself of their services," Skripal said.