World War III: Could Russia attack these old Cold War targets, including Portsmouth in the event of World War III?
Explosions were reported across the country throughout the night.
This comes days after Russia recognized two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine.
Russia’s invasion of the country could stir up tensions between the nation and the West.
However, of course, despite this, the chances of World War III remain extremely slim – although the doomsday clock, which tracks the possibility of the end of the world being two minutes before midnight, is approaching closest to midnight, corresponding to that of 1953.
The news previously revealed a list of Russian targets in the UK in the event of a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Cold War predictions crafted in secret by the British government reveal the scale of a Russian nuclear strike on the UK.
Portsmouth Naval Base was on the target list.
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At the height of nuclear tensions in the 1970s and 1980s, it was feared that at least 38 cities could be threatened by a strike from the Soviet Union – and Portsmouth was one of the main targets.
Dozens of army, navy and air force bases were also slated for destruction, with Portsmouth Naval Base topping the list of strategic targets.
The city is home to the majority of the Royal Navy’s fleet, as well as the Senior Service HQ where many of its senior ranks are located.
The nearby bases of Gosport and Fareham are also home to thousands of sailors.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has never made a secret of his readiness to use nuclear weapons and UK-Russia relations hit new lows following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal amid fears of a new cold war are growing up.
British defense officials have compiled a list of 106 locations they believe to be a target for Russia – marking them as ‘probable nuclear targets’.
Alongside these major population centers were 23 RAF bases, 14 USAF bases, 10 radar stations, eight military command centers and 13 Royal Navy bases.
It is unclear whether the list of likely targets has changed since the Cold War.