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Ukrainian War: Huge tankers transporting Russian oil blocked by kayak activists | World news

Two tankers off the coast of Denmark were blocked from transferring 100,000 tonnes of Russian oil by environmental activists in kayaks and small boats.

Greenpeace members placed themselves among the enormous ships as the organization called for an embargo on Russian fuels to stop funding the invasion of Ukraine.

They placed themselves in kayaks and rhib boats, nestled in between the Seaoath and Pertamina Prime tankers at Frederikshavn, Denmark, preventing the ship-to-ship oil transfer.

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Protesters sail next to a huge Russian tanker in Danish waters

‘I use my body to get in the way’

Olga Lupilina, one of dozens of activists camping at sea, and a Russian herself, said: “Together with other activists from all over Europe, I use my body to get in the way of the tanker.

“I’m with Greenpeace Denmark, and we’ve been protesting against fossil fuels for years. I’ve always known that oil wars and the climate crisis are looming.

“With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it suddenly became very personal to me.”

Greenpeace activists on Thursday (March 31) blocked two oil tankers off the coast of Denmark from transferring 100,000 tons of Russian oil, in what the organization said was an attempt to stop the financing of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Photo: © Kristian Buus / Greenpeace
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Olga Lupilina lived most of her life in Russia and has family and loved ones in the country. Photo: Kristian B

‘Putin’s war chest grows’

Birgitte Lesanner of Greenpeace Nordic told Sky News: “The Russian invasion of Ukraine has made many people realize that fossil fuels not only destroy the climate, our dependence on oil, coal and gas, but also promote wars, conflicts and injustice.

“Every time Russian oil or gas is bought, Putin’s war chest grows and so far at least 299 superfuelers with fossil fuels have left Russia since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. That is clearly wrong.”

Ms Lesanner has called on the Danish government “to immediately – together with the EU – impose an import ban on Russian oil, coal and gas” and then to eliminate its dependence on fossil fuels as “it can”.

She added: “We have all the necessary green solutions, and they are cheaper and more affordable than ever before.”

Greenpeace Denmark has regularly posted on social media and updated followers on their progress.

After 24 hours of obstruction, the activists were forcibly removed by the police and the oil transport from ship to ship just continued.

The activists were not arrested or detained, Sky News understands.



Ukrainian War: Huge tankers transporting Russian oil blocked by kayak activists | World news

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