Denounced the kidnapping of 8 military patriots before the international community

The Sectorial Vice President of Defense and Political Sovereignty and Minister for Defense, G / J Vladimir Padrino López, denounced this Saturday before the international community, multilateral organizations and Human Rights organizations "the infamous kidnapping of eight Venezuelan military professionals and demands from their captors who illegally keep in captivity the preservation of their lives and physical integrity.

He added that “these groups use murderous and cowardly methods such as antipersonnel mines and explosive charges detonated at a distance that caused the death of military personnel and seriously injured others. Some of them with mutilations of limbs and permanent incapacitations ».

He also explained that "in the combat actions, 8 military professionals were captured from whom on May 9 we received a certificate of life."

From the Simón Bolívar press room of the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, accompanied by the military high command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), also the Minister of Popular Power for Defense, he reiterated that “since last March 21 in exercise Full of sovereignty, Operation Bolivarian Shield 2021 is being carried out in Apure state against Colombian armed irregular groups, terrorist organizations dedicated to drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion, among other criminal activities, which have declared war on the Venezuelan State, on the people and to our institution ».

Vladimir Padrino López asserted that they have "established the contacts conducive to his early release and the Chancellery of the Republic is coordinating with the International Committee of the Red Cross to serve as a link in the delivery of our combatant brothers."

Below is the full text of the statement issued by the Ministry for Defense:

The Bolivarian National Armed Forces reiterates that since last March 21 of this year, in full exercise of sovereignty, operation "Bolivarian Shield 2021" has been carried out in the state of Apure, against Colombian armed irregular groups; terrorist organizations dedicated to drug trafficking, kidnapping and extortion, among other criminal activities, which have declared war on the Venezuelan State, the people and our institution.

These factions use murderous and cowardly methods such as antipersonnel mines and remotely detonated explosive charges, which caused the death of military personnel and seriously injured others, some of them with limb mutilation and permanent incapacitation. Likewise, in the combat actions, eight military professionals were captured, from whom, on May 09, we received a certificate of life.

In response to this situation, we denounce to the international community, to multilateral organizations and human rights organizations, the infamous kidnapping of these soldiers, and we demand that their captors, who are illegally keeping them in captivity, preserve their lives. and physical integrity. We have established contacts leading to his early release and the Chancellery of the Republic is coordinating with the International Committee of the Red Cross, to serve as a link in the delivery of our combatant brothers.

We express unconditional solidarity and unrestricted support to the families of such brave comrades in arms, who in a gallant and stoic manner continue to honor the sacred oath to defend the homeland; we will spare no effort and we will exhaust all possible ways to recover them safe and sound.

It is important to remember that this criminal structure uses the inaction and acquiescence of the Colombian government to carry out its transnational crimes. In this regard, some countries have already expressed their deep concern due to the regional instability that the armed violence deployed by these criminal gangs on the Colombian-Venezuelan border can generate.

In strict compliance with the guidelines issued by citizen Nicolás Maduro Moros, Constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, our Commander in Chief, we ratify the unwavering commitment to guarantee the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation, which is not negotiable, reiterating conclusively, that we will not tolerate armed groups on the fringes of the law, in any space of the national geography. VENEZUELA IS RESPECTED!

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