SALISBURY has emerged as an unlikely addition on Russia's nuclear hit list should World War Three break out, the Daily Express claims.

The paper alleges that nine regions across the UK are armed and ready targets for Russian strike.

This information, the most recent intelligence from the Russian military, stipulated these locations of interest, including Salisbury and another previously untargeted town in southern England.

The reasons behind Salisbury's selection remain enigmatic, as intelligence insiders stated one of the new towns had significant military links, while the other did not.

Already on the alleged list for Russian strike are towns closely affiliated with the Armed Forces, such as Aldershot, Portsmouth, and Colchester.

Other potential sites are Chatham in Kent and Tidworth.

Salisbury Journal: Salisbury has been included in Russia's nuclear bomb hit list, as reported by the Express.

The intelligence, sourced from a Russian operative in Eastern Europe and handed over to British officials, extends beyond hometown targets.

It reveals the specific military airfields earmarked to launch Russia’s bombers and sheds light on the number of aircraft assigned to the task.

A Whitehall source reportedly told the Express: "The information includes details of a high-level attack in addition to a low-level strike".

This double-pronged method, a feint followed by swift real assault, is designed to outmanoeuvre the Royal Air Force's Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) teams.

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Heightening the severity of such an act, the source was clear in stating: "A Russian airstrike on UK soil would, of course, be a declaration of war, both on the UK and on the rest of Nato."

In January, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps observed a concerning trajectory "from a post-war to pre-war world".

Salisbury Journal: Defence Secretary Grant Shapps.Defence Secretary Grant Shapps. (Image: PA)

Soon after, outgoing head of the British army, Gen Sir Patrick Sanders, cautioned the UK was facing a "1937 moment", predicting conflict with Russia could emerge within years.

However, it appears that Russia's ongoing conflict with Ukraine is currently hindering any immediate large-scale offensive.

In the meantime, Britain continues to stand guard with two QRA bases, one nestled in the eastern England's RAF Coningsby, and RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, ever prepared to defend against potential aerial attacks.

This unsettling revelation adds to the growing international concerns about Russia's hostile foreign strategy.

Salisbury reportedly now finds itself in the crosshairs of a potential global conflict, facing an uncertain future.