The 38 Russian nuclear targets in Britain mapped after Putin’s chilling threat

Just hours after despotic Russian President Vladimir Putin's threatened Europe with nuclear war, Brit's are already looking for places to avoid should he press the red button.

In a worrying speech this morning, the Russian dictator announced that new recruits would be sent off to war as early as today (September 21), with the partial mobilisation decree having already been signed.

And in what appeared to be a major threat to the West, the Russian President suggested he was willing to launch nuclear strikes in response to attacks on his territory.

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The warmonger claimed Russia had "lots of weapons to reply" to apparent "nuclear blackmail" by the West, announcing he would use "all means necessary" against the those trying to "subjugate" the nation, including "neo-nazis" in Ukraine.

As his speech came to an end he added: "I'm not bluffing."

"That's why I asked the ministry of defence to agree to 'partial mobilisation,'" he said.

And those words have panicked many.

But, fear not, Britain's hotspots for nuclear bomb drops from Russia's military have been mapped out, with 38 towns and cities feared to be most at risk from a potential strike featured on a Cold War-era map.

Earlier this year, the Daily Star revealed that defence officials in the government around 50 years ago compiled a list of 106 locations they thought Russia would be ready to strike, marking those areas as "probable nuclear targets".

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The plans were signed by the Prime Minister's office under Edward Heath, and chilling notes at the time believed Russia would attack in a “general war”.

The declassified documents held by the National Archives showed government predictions of up to 150 nuclear missiles and an unknown number of nuclear launches from submarines hitting the UK, and the hotspots they were set to target.

Targets at the time were set to include Central London, Edinburgh, Teesside, Leicester, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Hull, York, Dover, Cambridge, Maidstone, Huddersfield, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Sheffield.

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Alongside these population centres were 23 RAF bases, 14 USAF bases, 10 radar stations, eight military command centres and 13 Royal Navy bases.

These Cold War simulations are likely to have changed since the days of Edward Heath, but the targets listed remain major centres of population, which may be targeted in order to maximised casualties and damage.

Russia has a reported 6,200 nuclear weapons stockpile, with the biggest nuke the country has tested so far the massive Tsar Bomba.

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Just one nuclear bomb dropped on London would wipe out nearly six million people, and the fallout from the blast would engulf Reading, Bedford, Southend and stretch as far as Brighton.

The Tsar Bomba, when tested, used only half of the 100 megatons of TNT usually prepared for its launch.

However, the likelihood of Putin using the nukes is slim.

World-renowned defence expert Professor Anthony Glees told the Daily Star: “It's just threats, threats, threats.

“Putin is a KGB man and making threats was the KGB's stock in trade – they were past masters at it.

“He can't carry out a nuclear attack in the area as you don’t send your soldiers into radioactive territory.

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