The major military exercise Bolivarian Shield Venezuela begins amid tensions with Colombia-Noticias

Admiral Remigio Ceballos Ichaso, Chief of the Operational Strategic Command of the National Armed Forces Bolivariana (CEOFANB) hosted a video conference last Tuesday with the commanders of the eight Strategic Regions of Integral Defense (REDI) giving instructions for the implementation of the start of the preparatory phase of the joint and integral action Bolivarian Shield Supreme Commander Hugo granted Chvez Fras 2021, which begins in early March.

According to information from Venezuela’s official media, this new military exercise, which is also intended to ensure the peace of the nation and the Venezuelan people, will take place throughout the Venezuelan territory, as in previous editions of the military exercise. Bolivarian shield set with a wide strategic use of the REDI capital, the central, oriental, occidental, Guyana, Los Llanos, Los Andes and Martima insular regions, as well as their twenty-eight Integral Defense Deployment Zones (ZODI) and their ninety-nine comprehensive Defense Areas (FDI).

AJ Ceballos Ichaso pointed out that Venezuela does not accept outside interference. We are a nation that achieved our independence after a long struggle by the Spanish Empire. () We are independent, free, sovereign and in Venezuela sovereignty is exercised through voting.

In the past two years, Venezuela has organized various joint military exercises on its territory and in the sea zones, as a result of the ongoing tensions with the United States and neighboring Colombia. All of these maneuvers were planned and carried out by the CEOFANB. For 2019, the bicentennial civil-military operation Angostura 2019 will be carried out in February, and then between July and August the joint action exercise of the Simn Bolvar 2019 liberation campaign; At the end of the year, the Venezuela Sovereign and Peace 2019 exercise will be held in September. In the first months (February, March and May) 2020, the Bolivarian Shield exercises will be carried out in different phases.

In addition to the Bolivarian militia and occasionally also the participation of units of the four components of the Bolivarian national armed forces (Bolivarian Army, Bolivarian Army of Venezuela, Bolivarian Military Aviation and Bolivarian National Guard), other security authorities of the Venezuelan state take part in all these military maneuvers. (Douglas Bravo Colmenares, correspondent for Grupo Edefa in Venezuela)

Photo: Command post of the Operational Strategic Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB).

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