The two Northern Ireland cities named as Russian Cold War nuclear targets

Two cities in Northern Ireland were named on a list of Russia's predicted nuclear targets in the UK.

Cold War predictions drawn up in secret by the British government revealed the extent of a Russian nuclear strike on the UK.

Russian nuclear submarine from the Cold War era.

Russian nuclear submarine from the Cold War era.

At the height of nuclear tensions in the 1970s and 80s, at least 38 towns and cities were feared to be at risk from a strike from the Soviet Union – and Belfast and Armagh were among the key targets.

Dozens of army, navy and air force bases were also earmarked for destruction.

UK defence officials drew up a list of 106 locations they believed were a target for Russia - marking them as 'probable nuclear targets.'

It is not known if the list of probable targets has changed since the Cold War.

Map of Russia's possible nuclear targets in the UK

Map of Russia's possible nuclear targets in the UK

Today, relations between the UK and Russia have reached new lows over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal as fears of a new Cold War grow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously made no secret of the fact he is willing to use military force.

The full list of UK towns and cities listed was: Central London, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Teeside, Coventry, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Belfast, Huddersfield, Sunderland, Gillingham, Rochester, Chatham, Maidstone, Glasgow, Birmingham, Liverpool, Cardiff, Manchester, Southampton, Leeds, Newcastle/Gateshead, Bristol, Sheffield, Swansea, Hull, Catterick, York, Preston, Cambridge, Dover, Reading, Salcombe, Brecon, Kidderminster and Armagh.

Alongside these major population centres were 23 RAF bases, 14 USAF bases, 10 radar stations, 8 military command centres, and 13 Royal Navy bases.