Maduro announces the start of military exercises in Venezuela

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a military parade to celebrate the 195th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo in Caracas, Venezuela June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Bello - RTX2I3H3

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Military exercises began in Venezuela, said President Nicolas Maduro.

“The Ana Karina Rote integrated military exercises began to protect the country’s strategic services. We will not allow the enemies of the motherland to once again steal the calm of the heroic Venezuelan people,” he wrote on Twitter.

The goal of the exercise this time is to protect the national electricity and water supply systems against the background of a blackout that lasted for several days.

The day before, the president announced the creation of a new structure within the armed forces of the republic, which would be entrusted with the protection of strategically important facilities.

According to the president, the new structure will include four divisions, the Venezuelan leader said, without giving further details.

On 7 March, an accident occurred in the state of Bolivar’s largest hydropower plant El Guri in the Latin American country that provoked an unprecedented power outage: at least 20 of the 23 Venezuelan states were de-energized.

The work of enterprises and government institutions throughout the country for almost a week was suspended, classes in schools have not resumed until now.

The National Electricity Corporation (Corpoelec) described the incident as sabotage and an episode of the energy war against Venezuela.

The authorities, in turn, said that the reason for the blackout was the United States organized attack on the hydroelectric power station, which supplies almost the entire country with electricity.

Washington has rejected its involvement in the energy collapse in Venezuela.

On Wednesday, the Minister of Communications and Information of the Latin American Republic, Jorge Rodriguez, said on state television that the power supply was restored to 100% of the national territory.

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