RA86496, the Russian Il-62 that was last spotted in Venezuela back on March 24 of this year, has arrived in the country once again.
The plane’s journey to the country appeared on flightradar24.com, a website that tracks airplane traffic around the world.
The plane arrived at the Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia yesterday, June 23, in the early morning hours. The image below shows the last leg of the airplane’s journey:
The plane was the same one that arrived in Venezuela on March 23 of this year. That day, the airplane was spotted at the Simon Bolivar International Airport alongside another Russian airplane: An An-124 (RA82035).
It is not clear at this time what the Russian airplane is doing in Venezuela.
Maduro Hosts Subdued June 24 Celebration
Today marks the 198th anniversary of the Battle of Carabobo, the decisive battle in Venezuela’s war of independence against Spain.
While the government usually marks the day with a large military parade (as it did in 2018, 2017, and 2016), this year Maduro oversaw a subdued event.
Speaking from the park that marks the battleground in Carabobo state, Maduro spoke for a little over an hour to a group of soldiers and army high command staff who were present at the ceremony.
During the event, Maduro lashed out United States Southern Command chief Admilar Craig Faller over his recent comments regarding Venezuela, as well as his visit to Argentina and Chile. Maduro said:
They [the United States] treat us as if we were an ignorant people!
Below, footage of the event today:
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