Russia has started preparing its citizens for a ‘nuclear war’ with the West as tensions mount over Syria.
The country’s media and officials have claimed the West wants to launch an attack on Russia because of its intervention in Syria.
Officials announced on Friday underground shelters had been built which could provide shelter for Moscow’s 12 million people in the event of an attack.
A headline in Zvezda, a defence ministry TV channel last week read: “schizophrenics from America are sharpening nuclear weapons for Moscow.”
Tensions remain high between Russia and America over the devastating civil war in Syria.
Russian bombing over the past week has devastated the Syrian city of Aleppo
The city has been under assault from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad for a week, including Russia.
The Syrian military and its allies are attempting to capture rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo which are still serving as home to more than 250,000 people.
Russia warned at the weekend that the US would face “terrible, tectonic” consequences if it took military action against the Syrian regime, The Times reported.
Russia has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world with 8,400 warheads compared to 7,500 in America.
Last week, an emotional Kate Silverton wept after introducing a BBC News report on a miracle baby being pulled live from the rubble of a house in Aleppo.
The newsreader was watching Abu Kifah’s team finding the survivor in the destroyed building after Russian bombing in the Syrian city.
Footage showed a volunteer sifting through rubble and bursting into tears as he unearths a baby girl who’s been buried in the latest bombing raids to hit the country.
Abu Kifah was working with a team to seek survivors after after the city was hit by a renewed wave of bombing on Thursday.
In an assault said to be courtesy of jets from Russia and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, it’s been reported that 11 civilians were killed and more than 15 others injured, according to Orient News.
But Kifah’s emotion when he finds the little girl after two hours of searching is a sign of how difficult the times have become in the war-torn country.
Holding her to his chest, Kifah’s team take the baby to a makeshift hospital to be checked out.
Kifah’s tears fall as he repeats “O, Allah,” his tiny charge being cleaned up in the speeding ambulance.
The blood is cleaned off her face and dust wiped from her eyes before she has medicated cream applied.
Rushing her into the hospital, Kifah ensures that she is seen by medics before he speaks to a reporter.
He told Orient News: “With the help of God, we were able to recover the baby girl. Thank God, the baby girl did not have any single injury.
“When I held her, I thought of her as my own baby girl… I… took her to the hospital while I was holding her close to my chest as if she were my own daughter.
“When I held her close to my chest, I was deeply touched.”
The fate of the little girl’s family is unknown.