Reports revealed that Russia is getting ready for a nuclear war. It was revealed that Russia is currently engaged in numerous nuclear projects.
US intelligence officials have revealed nuke proof command-and-control bunkers in and around Moscow are now being revamped or built.
Construction has also been reported at Mount Yamantau in the remote Ural Mountains where the US believes an underground complex some 400 square miles in size can house military commanders and Russian government elite.
But more worrying for Brits and the Western world are Russia’s new Satan-2 ICBM, currently in the pipeline and which may be heading our way soon.
The most powerful nuke ever developed, it is claimed to be so hardcore it can wipe out an area the size of France in an instant.
Worse still, Russia has now revealed it is deploying nukes at a new military outpost in eastern Russia – just 50 miles from the US border.
Meanwhile, Putin’s military has unveiled plans for a new bomber which will be able to drop nuclear bombs anywhere in the world from outer space.
And this year the RAF has been intercepting Russian long-range Tu-95 MS bombers – cable of carrying nuclear weapons – on practice runs off the coast of Britain.
As well as carrying out war games with the West, the Kremlin airforce bosses are developing a doomsday plane which will act as a airborne command centre – allowing it to maintain control of its armed forces in the event of a nuclear war.
But why would Russia risk a nuclear war?
Well, Putin himself has publicly dubbed the collapse of the Soviet empire as a “catastrophe”.
The former KGB man wants it back and he has a lot of nuclear weapons.
In the past couple of years, the strongman has been dominating his weaker neighbours – invading parts of Georgia and also Crimea, where his Black Sea navy fleet is based.
Over in Syria, Putin has militarily backed Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in the raging civil war.
In return he has won an air base and naval facility that gives him military power in the Mediterranean Sea where most European ships pass through packed with Chinese made goods.
But NATO is furious at what it sees as resurgent Russian aggression which must be stopped dead in its tracks.
It has pressed ahead with a nuclear missile shield, with facilities in Poland, in a bid to shoot down Russian nukes before they hit targets in western Europe and the US.
Putin has in return threatened to destroy the Polish anti-missile stations with rockets.
In further escalation NATO – including Britain – have been building up forces on the borders of Russia, especially in the Baltic States.
It is here many military observers believe nuclear war may begin.
Dr Loren Thompson, a top defence expert from the respected think-tank Lexington Institute, said: “The possibility of nuclear war between America and Russia not only still exists, but is probably growing.
“And the place where it is most likely to begin is in a future military confrontation over three small Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
“Initially, US leaders thought the ideological motivation for East-West nuclear tensions had disappeared with the collapse of communism.
“But even after Vladimir Putin began rebuilding Russia’s military forces and signalling a desire to regain lost influence, Washington continued to treat the prospect of nuclear conflict as remote.”