Russian leader Vladimir Putin has issued a grim threat to the countries supporting Ukraine with weapons, food, and other aid.
“When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, to protect Russia and our people, we will certainly use all the means at our disposal — this is not a bluff,” Putin said on state television yesterday morning (September 21).
He said Russia had "lots of weapons to reply" to what he described as "nuclear blackmail" by the West, announcing he would use "all means necessary" against the those trying to "subjugate" the nation.
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This not-so-veiled threat to unleash Russia’s nuclear arsenal has got some Brits thinking about where the safest place to be, if the worst should happen and the four-minute warning is sounded.
And if Mad Vlad does push the button, a map of Britain’s radiation-proof bolt holes might be just what you need.
The network of nuclear shelters, created at the height of the Cod War, was never designed to offer refuge for everyone in the UK, there are just too many of us for that.
Instead, the project was designed to preserve the functionality of UK society by sending data from each shelter to coordinate the damage done and plan responses.
According to Subterranean Britannica, 258 nuclear bunkers still exist, scattered almost randomly out across the UK.
A map on the site lists the locations of these bolt holes and gives some indication as to where the government thought an attack was likely to take place.
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In London, there are currently 46 bunkers with other urban areas like Manchester and Birmingham also having a good number of shelters.
In Wales, there are apparently 12 bunkers spread out across North and South parts of the country but it’s not such good news for anyone living in the central valleys.
Meanwhile, in Scotland there are 23 shelters, with most dotted around the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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There's also a smattering on the northernmost outskirts of the country including one near John O' Groats.
The Isle of Man has just the one shelter and in Northern Ireland people must make do with just 4 safe spaces.
Across the countryside, there are also a good number of nuclear hidey-holes on offer so in the event that a horrific bomb does strike the UK some of us will be moderately OK.
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