In the wake of the Malaysian Boeing tragedy, there have been repeated claims of the victims’ personal effects being looted by rebels and locals. Today yet another proof has appeared, of all places, on Instagram.
A girl under a username “zolotosya” (account since closed off to visitors) posted a picture of a piece of makeup of an European brand Catrice, noting in the comments that it was “mascara from Amsterdam, or, rather, from the field… you get it”.
Some of her photos are geotagged to Torez, a town in Eastern Ukraine near the crash site where a rebel surface-to air missile launcher was allegedly spotted hours before the tragedy.
The Instagram account appeared to be linked to another on a Russian facebook clone VK.com, also closed off as of now. The account belonged to a certain Ekaterina Romanova and amid the usual girly photos proudly displayed a pro-separatist inspirational picture captioned “no one will bring us to our knees”:
In the comments to the photo the proud owner of brand-new mascara spilled out more details, telling that “a friend of hers, a marauder” got the mascara for her, and suggesting more looting by claiming that “lots of other stuff has been changing hands, from pincers to clothes”:
Some angry Ukrainians understandably attacked zolotosya’s account, calling her “complete scum”, among other things. Zolotosya, in turn, confessed: “I am a separatist. Everything Ukrainian makes me sick and angry due to recent events”.
She doesn’t seem to be so prejudiced against at least some European things, like brand makeup.
Social networks have been no friend to the pro-Russians. Just yesterday a Russian soldier spilled out yet another evidence of Russia shelling Ukrainian troops across the border.
Proof of MH17 looting has turned up in the Western media before. A Dutch paper De Telegraaph reported looters answering phone calls from the grieving relatives, while The Daily Mail wrote that the victim’s credit cards were being used in Ukraine.