Map shows terrifying Russian nuclear sites and intercontinental missile bases

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A frightening map has revealed the number of nuclear test sites and facilities in Russia as talks of World War Three heat up.

Since Vladimir Putin launched his aggressive invasion of Ukraine two months ago, talk of nuclear weapons has been rife, abetted by the despot's own terrifying rhetoric.

After warning the West against intervening early on with threats of "consequences they had never seen", Putin has become increasingly more unhinged to the point that even his own cronies are frightened he'll use them.

In fact, according to former Russian foreign minister Andrei Kozyrev it might take only one thing for Putin to deploy his arsenal of mass destruction.

Kozyrev told Fox News Digital: "They could be used, but in very, very specific situations. If Russia or one of those countries really threatened in their hearts – existentially, that is … if NATO troops come to Moscow, then probably they will resort to nuclear weapons."

According to a treaty signed after the Cold War designed to reduce catastrophic bomb tensions, Russia has 6,257 nuclear weapons.

The superpower spent a whopping $8 billion (£5.9 billion) on its nuclear arsenal in 2020 and has around 20 known missile bases throughout the world.

Amongst its weapons are 527 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles and strategic bombers.

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In the nuke.fas.org map which was posted to a Reddit thread under the caption: "Who wants to play Where’s Waldo with nuke sites?", Russia's nuclear infrastructure can be seen.

Split into test centres and ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) bases, the map shows that a large proportion of Putin's nuclear deterrents are located close to Russia's border with Eastern Europe.

Three testing sites can be seen which are located at Plesetsk in the north, Kapustin Yar on the border and Tyuratam in the south close to the border with Ukraine.

The news comes after Google was forced to deny it had unblurred Russian military bases on Google Maps.

A Twitter account closely tied to the Ukrainian Armed Forces posted a series of photos appearing to show a Russian base, and captioned it: "Now everyone can see a variety of Russian launchers, intercontinental ballistic missile mines, command posts and secret landfills with a resolution of about 0.5 meters per pixel."

But responding to the furore, a Google spokesman was forced to concede: "We haven’t made any blurring changes to our satellite imagery in Russia.”

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