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  • 26 July 2014, 4:24

MH17: Woman Boasts Of Having Victim's Mascara

An Instagram user from eastern Ukraine has boasted about apparently getting mascara from one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

A user called Katya, nicknamed Zolotusya and from Torez, published a photo, commenting: "Mascara from Amsterdam, from the field to be precise, you know what I mean."

The town of Torez is only a few miles from where MH17 came down last Thursday.

The post sparked outrage among other Instagram users and when asked where she got the mascara from, Zolotusya replied: "One looter I know gave it to me, let's put it this way."

The profile has since been removed from Instagram.

Sky News managed to speak to one user who has been following Katya for several months and they confirmed seeing the post a few days ago.

There were reports of looting at the crash scene of MH17, but little hard evidence to back up the allegations.

Relatives of many victims have been cancelling their loved ones' credit cards, fearing they could be used by looters.

A Dutch newspaper reported that victims' phones are being answered by voices with heavy "Eastern European accents".

The crash scene is difficult to secure as it spans more than 10km (6.2 miles) and is inside the zone of heavy fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists.

Moscow and the separatists, who are widely believed to be under the Kremlin's control, were heavily criticised for not properly securing the area in the first few days after the crash.

The OSCE observer mission had to negotiate every visit to the area with the armed rebels and had to work under heavy restrictions.

Alexander Borodai, the self-proclaimed Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, blamed the OSCE and other experts for dragging their feet and complained they were not allowed to at least get the bodies out of the sun.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called for the safety of international investigators but never officially condemned the handling of the crash site by the separatists.

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