Russian oil spill
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Russian oil spill

Clean-up workers remove black oil from the beach of Tuzla Spit. (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
Russian Marines joing the cleanup effort at Tuzla Spit. (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
Dead birds litter the beach at Tuzla Spit. (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
A bird covered with oil thrashes about on the beach of Tuzla Spit. (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
“It’s the disaster we’ve been dreading for many years,” said a British oceanographer. “It’s not a spill on a vast scale, like some of the massive oil spills, but the Black Sea is a totally enclosed basin. There’s no place for the oil to go, except on shore somewhere.” (Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times)
An oil-covered bird lies dying in front of volunteers trying to clean up the shore at Port Kavkaz. (Alexander Nemenov / AFP/Getty Images)
“They don’t understand what happened to them,” one man said of the dying birds. “They try to move their wings and they no longer can. They just sit there and look at us in agony and die.” (Yuri Kochetkov / EPA)
A bird covered with oil sits among seaweed at Port Kavkaz. (Yuri Kochetkov / EPA)
Russian Emergency Ministry service members collect oil-tainted seaweed at Port Kavkaz on the Black Sea shore. (Yuri Kochetkov / EPA)
A photo from the Russian Emergency Ministry shows rescuers carrying a body onto the shore near Port Kavkaz. A severe storm sank or ran aground 11 ships on the Black Sea. (Russian Emergency Ministry)
Remnants of an oil tanker can be seen in the Strait of Kerch, a stretch of water between Russia and Ukraine known for its rough waters and high winds. (Russian Emergency Ministry)
Photo taken from a rescue helicopter shows part of sunken tanker in the Strait of Kerch. (Russian Emergency Ministry)
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