The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency is apparently carrying out an order that requires them to review and ready their underground bunkers and evacuation systems, as fears in the country rise about a possible impending war… with Russia, of all characters.
During the Cold War, Sweden created a system of some 65,000 underground bunkers to help shelter the population in case of an attack from Russia. They are created with a distinct logo so citizens can easily find them, and currently protect from nuclear blasts as well as chemical and germ warfare.
With fears of Putin growing in Europe, especially after the hostile take over of the Crimean, Sweden panic levels are rising. Russians have also been seen doing an unusual amount of training and marching in their Swedish bases.
The Sun reports:
A system of 65,000 bunkers was established in the Cold War to protect the population from nuclear war with the Soviet Union.
According to MSB, the bunkers currently protect against blast and radiation as well as chemical or germ warfare.
With a distinctive logo, they can easily be located by civilians seeking shelter.
But with fears growing over threat posed by Vladimir Putin and his resurgent Russia they are being reviewed to make sure they are ready.
Russian military drills in the region have raised fears among neighbouring nations that an attack could happen in the coming months.
Civil defence measures are therefore being stepped up, especially in the Island of Gotland where Sweden has already re-opened a garrison.
Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio reported that Mats Berglund had ordered a review of the island’s 350 civilian bunkers.