Venezuela's Maduro launches large-scale war game amid crisis

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Venezuela's President is facing growing pressure, at home and overseas, to allow humanitarian aid into the country. Maduro still retains the crucial backing of the country's military top brass, who control the repressive apparatus created to protect the regime's authority and crush political dissidents by force. He did not say from where or whom they came.

Maduro is refusing to step down or call for a new election, accusing the US of orchestrating a coup attempt.

PDVSA's move follows tough new USA financial sanctions imposed on January 28 and aimed at blocking leftist President Nicolas Maduro's access to the country's oil revenue. He says he will not allow this "show".

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Opposition National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president, greets supporters after attending Mass at a church in Caracas, Venezuela, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. "There are sanctions against corrupt officials and thieves", Guaido told RT Spanish in an exclusive interview, dismissing any notion that USA sanctions and years of economic and political pressure on Caracas might have contributed to the deteriorating socio-economic situation in Venezuela. The United States has since been joined by a majority of Western nations.

He has vowed not to let in "fake" aid from the United States requested by opposition leader, which is being stockpiled at the border with Colombia.

"It depends on you", he said to the military.

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Brazil has not yet commented on whether aid is being gathered at any point there.

Guaido countered that the regime was refusing to acknowledge a "crisis that they themselves generated", while Venezuelans were working to deal with the humanitarian emergency.

Meanwhile, Lester Toledo, coordinator of worldwide humanitarian aid for the opposition, told Reuters on Monday he received approval from the Netherlands to speak with the local governments of Aruba and Curacao about setting up an aid center there. "This a crime against humanity, men of the armed forces".

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