Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Thursday the launch of a massive military exercise for his country’s armed forces, involving more than a million military and PDF personnel.
“Today marks the start of the first phase of the Simón Bolívar Liberation Campaign 2019,” Venezuelan President Maduro said, referring to the 236th anniversary of the birth of the historic leader Simon Bolivar, who led the liberation campaign from colonialism. Spanish in the 19th century.
“We will test the weapons available to us, advanced weapons designed to defend our country and protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty,” he said, adding that Venezuela has “strong armed forces and the will to protect itself.”
The military exercise is scheduled to take place on 3 stages and end on Aug. 30. The first phase will take 5 days and the second phase will run from 28 July to 7 August. The third phase, which runs from August 7 to August 30, will focus on fighting criminal gangs operating on the border.
The exercises will include all parts of the country. The Venezuelan army last held major maneuvers in February.
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