Less than one day after two Russian Air Force planes landed in Venezuela carrying nearly 100 troops and a Russian defense official, a new power outage was detected across the country at 1pm local time, affecting 57% of the country, according to Netblocks – which detects power outage based on internet outages. 

Confirmed: New national power outage detected across #Venezuela starting 5:00 PM UTC (1 PM VET); network data shows 57% of country now offline; incident ongoing #SinLuz #Apagon #25Mar ⬇️https://t.co/7nhWVW9v7a pic.twitter.com/dQNWefe6h6

— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) March 25, 2019

Today marks the third power outage this month, which began on March 7. In response to the earlier outages, Venezuela’s Defense Ministry vowed to deploy armed forces to protect the national electricity system. 

President Nicolás Maduro blamed Washington for the earlier outages, claiming over Twitter that the Trump administration was engaged in an “electrical war” which was “announced and directed by American imperialism against our people.” 

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