UK village Lakenheath could be Putin’s first target in World War III

RAF Lakenheath is the largest U.S. Air Force-operated base in England and the only U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) F-35/F-15 fighter wing.

Nuclear weapons could be making a return to a US Air Force base in Suffolk, prompting fears the area will become a target for Vladimir Putin. Pentagon documents suggest that RAF Lakenheath is preparing to house bombs with an explosive power many times greater than the one dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.

It would mark the first time the US will store such weapons on British soil in more than a decade, but it is unclear if the move is related to the war in Ukraine. The reports – coupled with tensions between the West and Russia – have brought much anxiety to people in the nearby village of Lakenheath.

Some fear their homes will become the first target for the Russian president in the event of World War III. Alan Turner told the Sun: ‘People living here know what might happen one day – and they get used to it’.

Hans Kristensen, from the Federation of American Scientists, was amongst the first to raise the possibility nuclear weapons could be returning to the site. ‘There is no doubt that if you have nuclear weapons on a base, that base is more likely to be targeted in a nuclear conflict with Russia,’ he told the BBC.

There is no doubt that once you have nuclear weapons in, it is a different ball game.’ Mr Alberque said it was ‘highly likely’ the British base was already a Russian target.

If I am a Russian military planner, I am already going to hit it. If you watch Russian television, they talk about the UK a lot; they talk about nuking the UK a lot. The military base is about 80 miles northeast of London and 25 miles northeast of Cambridge. There are 4,000 US military personnel and a further 1,500 British and US civilian staff at the site.

In other alarming developments, it’s been reported that Vladmir Putin is preparing to put nuclear weapons into space. Britain and its Nato allies have faced cryptic reports in recent weeks about Russian advances on a new, space-based nuclear munition. This would not be to drop a nuclear weapon onto Earth but rather to possibly use against satellites – which could pose a threat to satellite networks.

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