Businesses across Europe are reporting a surge in demand for bomb shelters and bunkers as citizens fear Russia will soon use nuclear weapons in the ongoing war with Ukraine.
Residents of Germany, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom are increasingly seeking information on building and buying protective shelters, fearing that the war will spread further in Europe, people recently said. several companies. The Telegraph. Russia has repeatedly warned the West not to interfere in its invasion of Ukraine and hinted at the possibility of using nuclear weapons if tensions escalate further.
After two months of bloody fighting in Ukraine, Europeans – and even some Americans – fear that Russian President Vladimir Putin could soon target other nations with deadly weapons.
“During the first weeks of March, people were really scared and wanted immediate help,” said Claus Haglund of Bühler GmbH, a Swiss company that installs and repairs bunkers. The Telegraph. He added that requests for new bunkers or repairs have “exploded” since the invasion began on February 24.
A company specializing in building basements in the UK also told the media that requests for shelters had increased by 100% compared to the same period last year. In Germany, the only bunker manufacturer that builds shelters for individuals also said it had seen record demand since the start of the war.
Mario Piejde, CEO of German company BSSD, told local media that they receive more than 1,000 calls a day, according to The Telegraph. “It’s been like this for six weeks,” he said earlier this month. “People are freaking out.”
Even the German government announced earlier this month that it would start pouring money into reinforcing its underground shelters and building up emergency stocks in case of war.
“There are currently 599 public shelters in Germany. We will check whether we can upgrade more such systems. In any case, the dismantling has stopped,” Interior Minister Nancy said this month. Faeser, according to Reuters. The country is also working on new concepts to allow underground car parks, metro stations and basements to become possible shelters.
Meanwhile, some U.S. underground shelter companies said they’ve seen an increase in requests since late February, Insider reported.
Russia placed its country’s nuclear forces on “special combat readiness” at the start of the war. Last week, the nation tested its Sarmat nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile, also known as the Satan II, which Putin said would make Moscow’s foreign adversaries “think twice.”
On Thursday, the Russian president seemed to hint that he would use such weapons if Western nations continued to intervene in Ukraine or threaten Moscow.
“If anyone is going to intervene in what is happening from the outside and is creating strategic threats that are unacceptable to us, then they should know that our response to the impending strikes will be fast, lightning fast,” he said. Putin in St. Petersburg, according to CNN. “We have all the tools for that, the ones no one can brag about, and we won’t brag – we’ll use them if necessary – and I want everyone to know that. All decisions have been made in this regard. “
Meanwhile, a news program in Russia this week promoted the prospect of the war spreading across “Europe and the world”. One guest even suggested that nuclear weapons should be aimed at the UK because of its support for Ukraine.
Nonetheless, a senior U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday that despite Moscow’s rhetoric, there is not currently believed to be a serious threat of Russia deploying nuclear weapons.
“We continue to monitor their nuclear capabilities every day as best we can and we do not assess that there is a threat of the use of nuclear weapons and no threat to NATO territory,” he told the urges the official on condition of anonymity. .
Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for further comment.