RUSSIA issued a chilling warning to Donald Trump shortly after the US President announced the US, the UK and France had struck “precision targets” in Syria.

Moscow’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said Russia “cannot exclude any possibilities” of nuclear war.

The attack on Syria follows a chemical attack on civilians in Damus last week.

Syrian local news have reported three civilians have been hurt in the airstrike.

Russia’s Ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov said on Twitter: “Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.”

“Insulting the President of Russia is unacceptable and inadmissible.”

Images have emerged of airstrikes hitting the Syrian capital of Damascus.

At least six loud explosions were heard and smoke was seen rising over the city.

French president Emmanuel Macron said there was no doubt the Syrian regime was responsible for the chemical attack in Douma.

He said: “We cannot tolerate the trivialisation of the use of chemical weapons, which represent an immediate danger for the Syrian people and for our collective security.

“The red line set by France in May 2017 has been crossed.”

The New York Police Department deploys counter-terrorism police across the city following the airstrikes on Syria.

In a statement the force said: “Countertenor officers have been deployed in and around the City out of an abundance of caution.”

Theresa May has released a statement following Trump’s announcement, backing the airstrikes.

She said: “This is the first time as Prime Minister that I have had to take the decision to commit our armed forces in combat – and it is not a decision I have taken lightly.

“I have done so because I judge this action to be in Britain’s national interest.

“We cannot allow the use of chemical weapons to become normalised – within Syria, on the streets of the UK, or anywhere else in our world.”

Speaking directly to Iran and Russia during his announcement, Donald Trump accused Syria’s backers of being “associated with mass murder”.

Both Iran and Russia have supported President Assad’s regime since the outbreak of the war in in Middle East country.

In his address Trump said: “To Iran and to Russia I ask, what kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women and children?”

In a major announcement from the White House, Trump declared he had officially ordered airstrikes on Syria.